Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

Primavera in Umbria

Just off the easel this oil on canvas size 16x20".
The countryside in Umbria is similar to the Tuscan one, but a bit more hilly. Umbria is also less touristy, probably not for long. I was there last year and I loved the serene beauty of this wonderful region.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

A day to remember (SOLD)

Piero is a true blood Tuscan who loves his country. He often takes me to see the "hidden" Tuscany that I prefer. This is the road to the house where he was born, near Pescia.

Oil on canvas size 14x18" sold at Buckland Southerst Gallery in West Vancouver

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Fiori a Greve ( Wilflowers near Greve) SOLD

15x30" oil on canvas.
Wildflowers in October in the fields near Greve, Tuscany. They look like Ginestre ( Scotch Broom) but I know they are not, because it was Autumn when I saw them and also they did not have the heady scent of Ginestre. I took a stroll on the small path that can be seem on the right of the painting, with Camilla and Maria Laura, two Tuscan friends kind enough to take me on day trips. Camilla insists that I, as an artists, shoud show more interest in Florence Museums and galleries. I am happier in the countryside, markets and gardens. It's a never ending disappointment for her that cannot bear to spend days gazing at the hundreds huge paintings in the Uffizi or the sculptures by Michelangelo, Canova, and dozens of other great artists. Well...I must say I have done that off and on, but not as much as she would like. She is a Florentine and rightly proud of her heritage. I am a Canadian now ( born near Lucca, raised near Palermo )and do not feel enthused nor encouraged when I see great art. I prefer to look at what Nature has for me to see and try to convey to others my amazement and wonder.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Up the hill

Oil on canvas size 30x30"
Trees...again. Love them, especially in Tuscany. Pathways and trees, I could paint them over and over again. Light and colors change according to the time of the day, the season, the color of the sky. I can never paint a landscape without trees. Pointy trees, squat trees, bare trees, trees in flower. Twisted trunks, gnarled roots, tender saplings. I am a painter of trees.
This painting can be seen at Buckland Southers Galleries, in West vancouver.