We are all aware of the symbols of Italy. We see images of ancient buildings; the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Pisa’s Leaning Tower, Venice. We know the wealth of renaissance artworks. We marvel at modern Italy’s stunning sophisticated design. Then there is the food and wine.
But there are other aspects of Italy that become more apparent when living there. There is the warmth of the people, a strong sense of community, a great lust for living, and a complete disregard for most forms of authority. There are the age old traditions and superstitions. And of course there is always the food and wine. There is the wonderful symbiotic feeling of contemporary Italian life comfortably co-existing with an incredibly rich sense of history, no more so for me than in Venice. Everywhere is a reminder of generations past. This is the living Italy. This is what I love to paint.