April 2019


Often we are too busy to make the changes we need to make. It's easier to keep on working -planning, creating and meeting deadlines. We don't give ourselves time to focus intently on things that could make work life more productive and enjoyable.
I'm thrilled to report that we recently took the time to "see past" our day-to-day operations and make a change. We analyzed our staffing needs and sought out two employees who could add another layer of expertise to our staff. Rather than quickly fill a vacant position with the "best available candidate," we spent the time necessary to find the right fit. And the result: Abby Lenon, art consultant, and Shelita Maldanodo, office coordinator.  We also recently dedicated company time and resources to become a certified EDAC Advocate Firm, a designation that reinforces our understanding and commitment to evidence-based design.
While time is the magical element we can never get enough of, it is also what makes an unmistakable difference in the quality of what we do. Time spent with future employees to make sure they share our vision and values, with clients to listen and understand their goals, or with artists to ensure they understand what a commission is all about, is the best insurance that our work will exceed expectations.
When we invest the time it takes to make a change, whether it be adding team members, buying a new phone or rethinking a process, the end result can be both internal and external cost and time savings. So, in the spirit of inspiring positive change, I invite you to creatively think past your routine to your goal and take some time to reach for it!


Barbara Harriman, IIDA, EDAC 
President/Creative Director
Distinctive Art Source 
DAS Becomes Certified EDAC Advocate Firm
At Distinctive Art Source, the evidence-based design process is intrinsic to our consultancy philosophy. The Center for Health Design has acknowledged our efforts in upholding the values and goals of evidence-based design and has certified Distinctive Art Source as an EDAC Advocate Firm.

Click here to learn about our EDAC accreditation, and why evidence-based design is vital to creating visionary healthcare environments.

DAS Welcomes Abby Lenon to the Team!

An ART-ful combination of experience and skills. As an EDAC-certified healthcare art consultant, Abby works to understand clients' needs and connect them with art that complements the space, supports their goals and contributes to a healing environment.  Her background in art history and interior design helps her to interpret each project and piece of art in a unique, holistic way - all while remaining focused on evidence-based design. 

Click here to read more about Abby and the value she adds to the DAS team.

DAS Welcomes Shelita Maldonado to the Team!

Our SOURCE  for organization and administrative expertise. Bringing with her a wealth of experience in business administration in different industries, Shelita Maldonado is joining the DAS team as our office coordinator! Her commitment to clarifying DAS processes will allow the rest of the team to happily focus on what they do best.

Featured Project: Riverside Shore Memorial

Gull Marsh, Original Photography, @altitudegallery.com

From vivid seascapes to lush marshes and rugged farmlands, the scenic melting pot making up Virginia's Eastern Shore is as diverse as its inhabitants. It was this picturesque combination that inspired the art program at Shore Memorial Hospital, visually depicting the distinct areas and lifestyles that comprise the Eastern Shore community. 
In collaboration with local artists, DAS helped to artfully interpret the rich textures of the Eastern Shore though mixed media and the expansive beauty of aerial photography. The art program is inspired by the quiet colors, subtle tones and the natural peacefulness local residents have enjoyed for generations. The new donor wall designed for Riverside Shore Memorial is now the adaptable standard throughout the Riverside Health System, customizable to reflect each physical location and the counties they serve.

Artists of Note
About Us
Distinctive Art Source is a turnkey art consultancy working exclusively in healthcare with a foundation in evidence- and patient-based design. We believe thoughtfully developed art programs contribute to an integrated visual experience and foster mutually-beneficial community relationships. Our national artist database connects clients with unlimited sources nationwide to enable hospitals to conceptualize, visualize and realize the goals of their art programs.

Established in 2003, Distinctive Art Source has served a pivotal role in creating evidence and patient-based art programs in millions of square feet of healthcare space . A certified EDAC Advocate Firm, we  are honored to work closely with some of the nation's most renowned healthcare architects, designers and artists, blending seamlessly into existing architectural processes to keep projects on time and within budget.


Call DAS: (703) 956-1946