A few years ago, I ventured out on a country road near my parent‘s home in Bene Vagienna, Italy on a crisp winter morning. As the misty veil of the morning lifted, I was graced with a breathtakingly honest and moving landscape. I wanted to capture the connection I felt to the farmed land, without filtering out its true beauty, including a pile of manure that would soon nourish the winter field (campo).
This vibrant oil painting captures the beauty of Niarbyl Bay on the Isle of Man, a place I was blessed to visit in August. I spent countless hours in early December 2022 crafting this artwork, and I’m delighted to share with you the time-lapse of my creative journey. As you watch, I invite you to take a journey with me, as I share the story of my artistic process.
I detested that old oil on board, and when I began the commission, I felt a wave of revulsion. In a fit of fury, I wiped the painting away, leaving it to languish in a forgotten corner of my studio. But a few days ago, I stumbled upon it again and decided to give it a second chance. I couldn’t bear to let a pristine Ampersand Gessobord go to waste, so I started anew, inspired by my daily stroll through the Weston Turville fields behind the local Church.