In the mostly black and white loft, splashes of color are confined to orange ottomans in the living area and artwork on the walls. “Julian has a great eye for art,” says girlfriend Lee Barona, national director of the American Diabetes Association’s call center, who sits on a red stool pulled up to the black granite-topped kitchen island. “He picks it and I give him my opinions about it.”
A brightly swirled abstraction by Spanish painter Willy Ramos, a gift from Epstein’s father, and two Salvador Dali prints hang in the living space. A vibrant landscape by Frenchman Monestier leans against the dining room wall. Hieroglyphic-daubed canvases by Senegalese artist Tita are stacked in the master bedroom, awaiting placement.
In addition to collecting art, Epstein dabbles in watercolors and offers up a delicate landscape he painted while on vacation in Italy. He says his artistic side was encouraged by his mother Elizabeth, a former opera singer, his father Samuel, a physician, and stepmother Cathy. “They are all incredibly creative people with artistic sensibilities that opened my eyes at an early age to art and design.”