I am thrilled to be joining the Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride Italy later this week in Riccione, Italy. I will be spending time with the cyclists as well as exploring the province Emilia Romagna to develop an artist tour for Spring 2018.

Before I head out I will be speaking to at Thrive Art Studio to a group of artists about this trip. Although I really should be preparing for the trip – this upcoming presentation made me prioritize digging deeper into the “why” I am creating this art project and why I am compelled to paint the scenes around me. In developing my presentation and this trip, I have been re-reading on one of my favorite books the “Art of Travel” by Alain de Botton.


The book philosophizes the unusual human phenomenon of travel and the experiences we have on our travels. As an artist who paints cityscapes from around the world, I am truly inspired by places that I visit – so much so that I invest significant time painting them. This book resonates with me and puts vocabulary to something that I do innately.


In my presentation I plan to share a working theory of how to reduce the need to spend money on souvenirs and perhaps how to relish your travels even more. I can’t wait to share with my fellow artists of Thrive!


I took the above photo exactly 5 years ago, on my first trip to Europe – during a work trip I was able to see Paris. As per the Art of Travel, when we see a beautiful scene we have an urge to prove this meant something to me; this can be done by taking a photo, buying a souvenir or leaving something behind (as in the case of this photo – people leave locks on the bridge over the Seine).


One of many beautiful quotes from the book, is one by John Ruskin (1819 – 1900)

“There is always more in the world than men could see, walked they ever so slowly; they will see it no better for going fast. The really precious things are thought and sight, not pace… for his glory is not at all in going, but in being.” ~John Ruskin

Ruskin thought people were distracted in the late 1800’s… I am certain he would be shocked by society now! See you on Wednesday nigh at Thrive! And please follow my upcoming Italian adventures through videoInstagram.


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