My month in Italy as an artist-in-residence at Terra Vivente Studios was inspiring & productive. I chose this particular residency for the rural setting and garden access, which was a major part of my subject matter. Guardia Sanframondi is a wonderful, small town in Southern Italy-having never spent an extended period of time in this part of the country, I was intrigued. The town is experiencing an artistic rebirth, thanks in part to artist Clare Galloway. Her positive, creative energy is perfectly captured by her motto, #livelikeahappyartist. In the future, I'd love to return with Steven for a stay at her arthouse. While on travel I met some truly incredible people from across the globe, from Scotland to England, Australia, Italy (of course) and even a few women from Texas!
The residency fee paid for studio access and a place to live in the centro storico (historical center) of the town. The apartment I stayed in was completely renovated, parts of it dating back 5oo years or so. I shared a studio with French-Canadian artist Ingrid Tremblay, American artist Margaret Craig and Australian poet & filmmaker Crystal Davis. We worked and traveled well together, sharing experiences and ideas. The studio was a light-filled space with tall glass doors that opened to a small balcony and a view of the valley below.
I'll be writing individual posts about the process for each of my drawings made abroad in July.
They are colored pencil and graphite on 18 x 24" paper.