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View from Via Ofanto

View from Via Ofanto

Piece description from the artist

My artistic life has crossed a long arc. From a traditional, realist artist I evolved to what I call a representational abstract artist.

When I started painting, it took me years to free myself from academic restrictions. For years, I felt the need to demonstrate my drawing skills to others, then, that I could paint exactly what I saw. I now know that I was painting to the expectations of others, but I was not painting for myself. Discovering this was not an easy process, but I feel that it is with the experience that I gained during this period that I earned the right to paint for myself without having to prove anything; to focus only on placing into a painting all that is mine.

I was born, raised and educated in Italy; so besides my emotions, my time spent in the old country is at the root of much of my art. I find myself always striving to obtain an aged look to my work, and it is through a series of layers, scrapes, and markings that the paintings take a form of their own. For me, my painting is always a moment of self discovery, as if someone else were doing the painting and I am the first to marvel at the final product. In part for this reason, I paint primarily in oils, and generally prefer large format canvas, as it is in the large areas where I can truly lose myself.

View from Via Ofanto
This painting is a great example of how I often do not realize the meaning or substance of what I paint until I actually see what, subconsciously, I was trying to portray. This particular piece was painted upon my return from Italy. My parent's home has a great view of both the East and West, therefore every morning I could witness the sunrise and every night the sunset. Upon my return to the US I had a very emotional period of missing the vastness of the sky and the light, and this painting was my unintentional result. This is the reason I consider myself an emotional, representational abstract artist. My emotions are always at the root of all my work.

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36.0" x 48.0"
Oil on Canvas

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