Florentine Treasures

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Since the era of the Medici and the Renaissance, Florence has been famous for its artisans, artists and crafts people who have created many of art history’s finest treasures. My numerous visits to the museums of Florence have inspired me over the years as I view the countless masterpieces of Renaissance art, and noting with little exception, the magnificence of their frames.

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It has been one of my greatest pleasures as an artist living and working in Tuscany for the last 20 years to collaborate with several frame makers in Florence that are still creating frames in the fine Florentine tradition. (These paintings will be available at the Lahaina Galleries Holiday Show from November 20 at the Newport Beach gallery.)

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These wonderful frames are custom made for me in the handmade tradition by the Mazzocchi family who are located in the heart of Florence.

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As a painter, I am infinitely fascinated by the possibilities of using their traditional forms to create paintings that speak to me of my contemporary aesthetic.

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They echo the past and resonate with the creative expressions of today’s Florentine artisans. These works are intimate tableaus that can be presented on a wall or placed on a surface. I like the idea that they can be easily moved and positioned around the home. Please come Lahaina Galleries Holiday Show to see these little treasures in person.

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It is a delight to present these works to Lahaina Galleries. I hope you enjoy them as well.

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2012 Holiday Blog

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.

“Veg Quartet” still life oil painting 10″x10″ framed

It is the perfect setting for me to showcase my new Water Paintings and fresh small pieces from my studio in Tuscany.

“Scarlet Poppies” oil painting 8″x12″ framed

This year’s collection showcases hand gilded French frames by Sennelier and my favorite hand made Florentine frames.

“Sunset Triptych” oil painting Florentine Frame 4″x5″

“Little Luna” oil painting, Florentine frame 3″x4″

“Triptych, Florentine Frame” 8″x15″

These Tuscan treasures are a delight for me to create. They are also the ideal size for gift giving… and several sold that evening.

Sandra and I posing with our fine furry friends… definitely adding to the holiday cheer!

“Asparagus Standing” oil painting on panel 10″x10″ framed

“Coastal Treasure” oil on panel, gold french frame
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“Tuscan Amber” oil on panel 9″x18″

“Tranquil Sketch” water painting oil on canvas 10″x10″

“Water Study” oil painting 3″x10″ framed

“Cloud Sky” oil painting 12″x12″

“Turquoise Blues II” oil painting of water 40″x40″

Merry Holidays to you all… and a Prosperous and Peace-filled New Year!

 

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