palm tree studies (graphite on paper) - Miami Florida USA 2016

From having spent the last 30 years in Italy to having to spend the next 3 years in Florida has been something of a transition. Personal matters and climate issues aside, to say that life as I know it has changed is an understatement. Artistically I try to orient myself on terrain that goes neither up nor down, where the wild vegetation and the buildings converge into the blue ceiling of the sky, and where the sun cuts everything into pieces.  

These three sketches were done outside the door of my apartment while mosquitoes made a feast of my legs. Similar to the chair sketches done on my terrace in Italy, these sketches mark the beginning of my fascination with vertical palms, geometric shapes of buildings and what would later develop into a full-blown exploration into color and light.