Magazine article Southwest Art

Dispatches

Magazine article Southwest Art

Dispatches

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As an artist, what attracts you to Venice?

There is a magic and aura that is singular to Venice. It has such history, and the architectural mix of Italian and Byzantine buildings hold fantastic subject matter. In many of my paintings, whether landscape or cityscape, I enjoy the use of water to create interest and abstract shapes within the composition. Venice has this in abundance.

What is your favorite subject matter in the city?

For me, the best locations to paint are the quieter neighborhoods a short distance from the main tourist thoroughfare between San Marco Square and the Rialto Bridge. There are many small, quiet canals where you can be part of the everyday life in Venice.

What are the biggest challenges of painting there?

I find the most difficult part of the day is just deciding what to paint. There are so many fascinating choicesthe wonderful, colorful textured facades of the buildings, the men working on the hundreds of boats that supply Venice, and the people going about their lives-all with the backdrop of this unique city. In these quieter places, I have no difficulty finding an area to set up my easel and begin to work.

What kinds of works are you creating on location?

I usually do quick studies in oil, painting for one or two hours. The pieces are no larger than 16 by 20 and I use linen/foam core panels. The panels are my favorite because of the quality, durability in travel conditions, and their light weight.

How do Venetians react as they watch you paint?

I usually try to travel with a painting companion, but on this trip to Venice I am alone. Despite what you might hear, a woman alone in Italy is very safe with the use of common sense. The people are very warm and friendly. It is often intimidating to paint with people constantly walking by, but I found the Venetians respectful, stopping to watch, but not disruptive with questions. …

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