Bellagio and the Lake of Como have always been a source of inspiration for my works. The view of what is known throughout the world as “La Perla del Lario” – The Pearl of Lake Como – lends itself perfectly to creating paintings of spectacular effect.
One of the paintings I am particularly fond of was commissioned to me by an Australian couple on holiday in Bellagio who fell in love with the landscape and wanted to take “a little piece” home with them. We agreed together that I would create a picture set on 10 ceramic tiles.
In order to decide the subject of the painting I showed the couple photos I had taken over the years during my boat-trips over to Bellagio to reach my studio. From the lake one can effectively take delight in the spellbinding view of the town. Once the best picture and shot was chosen I set off on creating the painting starting on an outline. After firing I went on to apply the colour.
After a second firing I added more detail and shades to the picture and then fired it again.
The final stage consisted in further enrichment by adding detail and shades The continual firings and adding of details are needed for precision and making the colours more vivid.
The unassembled painting was sent to Australia with all the necessary instructions for putting it together and framing. This particular painting was hung on a terrace outside the house and thanks to the technique with which it was created it will maintain its vivid colours in the long term even if it is kept out in the open.
One of my greatest satisfactions as an artist, apart from the painting in itself, is receiving an enthusiastic e-mail from the clients who have a memento of their holiday in Italy directly on their home-terrace.