This is one of the first pieces I painted while studying in Florence, Italy. It is from an adventure I had in September ’11 in The Amalfi Coast. The diptych shows two distinctly different views on the same image, which signifies a separate perception between the two. This contrast calls into question the perspective of a tourist against that of an Italian local.
A naturalistic use of gesture, colour, and contrast incorporated from a morning in a park in Arezzo, Italy.
Sotoportego Rosso is Venetian dialect that means “Red Tunnel”. The sharp tones of white, red and black inspire an aggressive feeling in the viewer. The hidden subtext for using a Venetian term is that this depicts a scene from the small town of Arezzo. Therefore, the piece is based on a principle of “this is not as it appears.” To this concept, it should become apparent to the viewer that they move from the all consuming, sinister darkness towards the welcoming light.
Painted smaller in order to engage the viewer on a personal level.
A study of a pathway along an ancient wall in the Italian village of Lucca.
d’Or simplifies a colour palette to contrast light and dark to depict a popular pathways along the Arno River in Florence, Italy. Despite its pretty, accessible range of smooth golden colour, d’Or is meant to be seen as being surrounded by riches, and moving towards the dark. The lack of genuine light tones can lean towards the transciense of life. “d’Or” is a french translation “of Gold”, a subtle signifier as if to say “This is not as it appears.”
An expressive, simplified view of an iconic Italian scene, dulling down the colours to enhance contrasts of light and dark. De-sensitization of the concept of riding in a gondola.