“Hillside Monastary” Rome, Italy

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“Hillside Monastary” Rome, Italy

When I was 14 years old I met my paternal grandparents for the first and only time. They had come from Italy. I had asked where in Italy and I was told “Northern Italy, at the foot of the Alps in a small town near Torbole”. They had been grape farmers in Italy and had brought their trade with them to California when the had reloctated. From then on I knew that someday I would visit Italy. It was one of the main things o n my “list” to accomplish. And, so, more than fifty-five years later I finally made it.

My first stop was Rome. It was totally overwhelming – all the different languages, the noise, the traffic, the food, but most of all the people. So many diverse nationalities all jostling each other to see the different tourist sights. It made me feel that I must pull back, protect myself from sensory overload. I chose to paint the one place that I found peaceful while there. The back yard of a monastery on a hillside. To me – the painting represented what I had been looking for – inner peace.

To view the episode “Hillside Monastary“, Rome, Italy, please go to http://www.wscssheboygan.com. Go to Programming, scroll down to VOD (video on demand), select category “Arts, Music & Entertainment” and then scroll the shows for “Painting Journeys” “Hillside Monastary”, Rome,Italy

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“Little Step Falls” Skagway, AK

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“Little Step Falls” Skagway, AK

No journey to Alaska would be complete without visiting a true “wild west” town. All of the sights and sounds of the little town were energizing to me. It was alive and vibrant with just about every type of personality, from dance hall girls to gold miners to trappers. The people were so open and thought nothing of stopping you on the street and talking with you. I could have spent many weeks there painting the local color of the area. My time being limited and loving waterfalls the way I do, I decided that this turbulent scene best described how I felt there. It was bursting with the energy that two elements of nature, water and rock, create when they come together.

To view the episode “Little Step Falls“, Skagway, AK please go to http://www.wscssheboygan.com. Go to Programming, scroll down to VOD (video on demand), select category “Arts, Music & Entertainment” and then scroll the shows for “Painting Journeys” “Little Step Falls”, Skagway, AK