Twenty Studio Stories….

I’ve painted outdoors and I’ve painted indoors… on location and in studios all over the world. People often ask me: Which do I prefer? Is one more authentic? Is the other easier? Over the years I’m thinking it is all up to the individual, what gets you stoked as a painter, what inspires your process.

MFA Studio: Oakland, CA
MFA Studio: Oakland, CA
I suppose that when it comes to art studios, I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked in some amazing spaces in the world. Some were corners in a room, others covered patios, basements, cantinas, spare rooms, garages and shared spaces with other artists. Some spaces I have lived and slept in, some had great surf and snowboarding right outside the door. Some studios have been the backdrop for tea parties, holiday parties, and art shows…others transformed into movie sets for numerous film projects. From the ancient olive mill in Tuscany to the the old Del Monte Cannery in San Francisco, all these spaces impart their energy into my work and inspire in their own unique ways.
In this, my 30th year as a professional artist, I’m looking back at those places with many fond recollections. The hundreds if not thousands (!) of paintings I have created over those years!

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Vendemmia: Grape Harvest, San Gimignano

Vendemmia, Tuscany 2011

With the 23rd of September, Summer 2011 was officially over, but here in Tuscany we are experiencing an unusually warm and dry autumn… making for perfect conditions to harvest the wine grapes, or as the Italians call it: Vendemmia. John, Renzo and I returned to Tuscany after a long working summer in California, and were able to take some pleasure in an additional summer here. We resumed production on John’s latest independent – and wine themed – movie “Terroir” which stars Keith Carradine and Gaetano Guarino along with members of John’s Florentine acting ensemble . Naturally such a film requires footage of the vendemmia, so off to San Gimignano, where the grape harvest was well underway…

"Luce d'Oro, San Gimignano" 24" X 40" Oil on Canvas by Caroline Zimmermann

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