It has been a wet autumn here in Tuscany, and that following a very wet summer. Italy has been inundated by November’s storms adding to the heaviness of an already disastrous olive harvest. Makes for a slightly maudlin mood for the locals. Rainy weather means more time for me in the studio, happily working away… of course, on my newest water paintings. Continue reading “Autumn Reflections from a Tuscan Studio”
Summer’s End at the Hollister Ranch. The Hollister Hoedown Fundraiser returns. Ranch locals come from near and far to carry on a tradition. Once again, I am honored to be included. Continue reading “Hollister Ranch Hoedown 2014”
It doesn’t get much better than this… Continue reading “Lavender In Provence 2014”
At last, we return to Provence and just in time to observe the Poppy phenomenon… Continue reading “Provence Poppy Bliss”
I’ve often thought of Life as flowing in a spiral current, even more so now as this summer I’ve found myself back in the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. The decision to return was made on April 1st, and since that day I have been greatly anticipating exhibiting here once again. Continue reading “Return to the Festival of Arts”
March and April showers have made for a remarkably wet and rainy spring for us here in Tuscany. After last year’s drought and extraordinary heat, this May is completely different; the Tuscan countryside has exploded in a lush green-ness that we haven’t seen in years. Continue reading “Tuscan Poppies: The Chelsea Collection at Graham Fine Art”
This time of year the wisteria is a phenomenon here in Tuscany. It is a breathtaking spectacle seen throughout the region as the carefully maintained blooms adorn grand villas and bring their elegant grace to the most rustic of farm houses. Continue reading “Homage to a Wisteria”
Sunflowers speak to me of happy and content memories in my family’s garden in Anaheim.
As a child, I would lose myself for hours helping my mother and father with their various tasks of tending their large backyard garden.The mild weather in Southern California made for a botanical paradise for my parents. Both are originally from Europe and they would marvel at the growing conditions as all seasons of the year brought forth their bounty. Continue reading “Waves of Inspiration: Sunflowers”
Our winter travels have brought us back to Tuscany and what looks to be a soggy spring. Nothing warms my painter’s heart more than recalling warm, dry summers past in Provence and the sensual experience of painting lavender. Continue reading “Waves of Inspiration: Lavender”
It was December, 1988. My board and bag were packed, and I had just won a $500 award from the City of Laguna Beach’s public arts competition. I was ready: it was my first trip to Hawaii and I was going by myself. Continue reading “Waves of Inspiration: Hawaii”
Christmas Day 2012. No better way for me to celebrate the holidays than to get my head wet after months in Italy and away from my Pacific Ocean. Continue reading “Winter Surf”
Here we are again, 2012 is almost behind us. Sandra Jones Campbell and I had our annual studio show last weekend, and all conspired to make it a successful event. Sandra’s Studio in Laguna Canyon is nothing short of fabulous and the ideal venue for a holiday party. Continue reading “2012 Holiday Blog”
Amber: It is the color of a Tuscan autumn, when all is bathed in a gorgeous honey light, gilded in gold, sweet, liquid, overripe, on the verge of decay.
Shadows become longer, days shorter and the Tuscans increasingly maudlin and all goes quiet: Winter is approaching. Continue reading “Amber: Autumn Inspirations in Tuscany 2012”
October has come and gone, and with it the last of Tuscany’s balmy weather… fall colors are slowly making their appearance. Now with November’s rains here in Tuscany I am able to immerse myself in the studio.. wistful, now, however for a little sunshine!
It was a glorious sunny day when we filmed out last scenes of Terroir earlier this summer at Il Borro’s Vin Cafe, an appropriate wine tasting scene which featured Salvatore Ferragamo, his friends and Terroir actor Gaetano Guarino.
We first met Azul in July, where she was a scene-stealer during our principal photography with Salvatore at the Borro.
I recently spent a happy afternoon taking photos of Azul that I will use for references. Within moments she began to reveal her character, what I truly hope to capture in her portrait.
Animals, and horses in particular, were my favorite subjects when I was oil painting as a kid.
To this day, I still paint animals whenever I can. Check out the animal and still life paintings in my Flora and Fauna Gallery on my website.
….and a private vernissage with Salvatore and his artist-to-be Wanda…