The Stu Neyland Series of Exquisite Cement Tiles
With a successful background in greeting card design, design management, and package design we are thrilled to have Stu Neyland contributing his sophisticated expertize and humor to Villa Lagoon Tile's cement tile design catalog.
As part of their past, Stu and his wife of 25 years, Suzie, have worked together on a creative team responsible for planning Hallmark's largest seasonal lines; Christmas, Valentines, Easter, and also, Hanukkah, Graduation, Mother's Day and Father's Day. We are sure it was Stu who designed that greeting card that you just couldn't pass up!!
Stu later left Hallmark in 1979 to lose as much money as possible by opening an antique shop in Kansas City. When his eyes opened, he began a successful freelance design career.
Suzie, interested in photo styling, left Hallmark in 1980 to open a photography and design studio. Creativity runs in the family!
Stu and Suzie both love Jazz and Blues, and have met some incredible musicians along the way. They were even on a video segment honoring Claude "Fiddler" Williams on Sunday Morning with Charles Kurault. It was a surprise since they were just enjoying a couple of glasses of wine at City Light in Kansas City, and watching Claude playing his blues fiddle with The Joe Cartwright Trio.
While Senior Art Director at "Kuhn and Wittenborn" ad agency, Stu worked with a young and extremely talented Art Director, Renee` Brobst. They have remained close, and worked on many projects together. Now, the good news here is that the young Renèe learned computer skills, and the old Stu did not, and Renèe has been Stu's computer guru ever since. They are now partners in Neyland Design, and she has been along for the ride in developing N-FINITY DESIGNS.
Renèe is also working with Stu and with her partner in 2b Creative Marketing and Design on several other creative projects including furniture design and repositionable wall decals.
An unexpected offer to buy a family property in Florida brought Stu and Suzie from the land of ice, snow and Hallmark to a little known Southern island paradise. Finishing their home in 1994, and Stu and Suzie started an island odyssey which has been the experience of a lifetime and a life they would never give up.
Collectively known by the masses as Palm Island, they live on what was a string of three islands: Knight, Don Pedro, and Little Gasparilla. This area now has a shared shoreline and the former passes between them still open occasionally after a storm. The rickety bridge that once connected the island to the mainland was torn down in the mid 60's when the Intra-Coastal Waterway was installed; so no access is available to the islands except via boat or a barge service. Little Gasparilla is still only accessible via boat.
Stu lives on miles of unspoiled beaches with incredible shelling, fishing, beautiful sunsets, island flora, and wonderful neighbors and friends. There are times on his morning beach walks when not another [human] soul is in sight, and a crowded day would mean maybe a handful of shellers and walkers. Stu includes himself in both those groups.
Stu enjoys graphic design, cooking [He will put his gumbo and etouffee up against anyone's], photography, and shelling. According to Stu, "Once you find rare shells, you cannot stop shelling."
Suzie and Stu have spent many years collecting antique toys, folk art, antique quilts, advertising, and various other memorabilia. They have a substantial collection of Kuba cloths that they began purchasing at the Tesuque Flea Market in Santa Fe. If you haven't been there; you should go. And while in Santa Fe, stop by Jackalope. You'll see why!
We hope that you find Stu Neyland's cement tile designs inviting and creative; and we hope to have a long and fruitful relationship with Stu, Suzie & Renèe.