The Italy Paintings

These paintings were inspired by three summers spent teaching in Italy. (For those in the know, I should specify that one summer was spent in Italy, and two were in Sicily–big difference!). Some are based on photographs I took of objects such as walls, or tools and machinery left to rust in their outdoor environment, caught in the Mediterranean light, and aged by the sun and time. I use these photos as a point of departure for exploring a visual record of my experiences.

Most of the paintings also include collage items that I found in Italy, such as pieces of ever-present Italian wall posters, discarded paper, and even volcanic rock from the top of Mt. Etna.