Size: 40"W x 30"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
This town could be many places in Europe but it feels like it's on the side of a hill in Italy, maybe in Lombardia near Lake Como. The village has been there for centuries and conveys a stoic yet watchful calmness. It's the kind of town where everyone knows everyone. Is the tower on the right part of some ancient defense system? How many people live in this village? What do they do/how do they live in today's world?
Northern Italy Hill Town is painted on a 40" x 30" stretched canvas on gallery wood frame and is back stapled to the frame. The piece is painted in oils and almost 100% using a palette knife so there is an encaustic quality to the work. I've applied one coat of Krylon UV Archival non-yellowing clear varnish to ensure protection against fading, dirt, moisture and other sources of discoloration. The canvas on all edges is painted and the wood frame is wired for hanging. The painting will be carefully packed for shipping, labeled, and protected against damage in transit.
The majority of my adult life has been spent in the consulting business around Washington DC. I retired in 2014. During 2004 and 2005 I had the opportunity to live in Geneva Switzerland and to travel in Europe, Africa, Russia, and Southeast Asia. Earlier, in my 20s, I served as a Merchant Marine officer and saw a good deal of the world then too, but in a very different way. I have a B.E. in Marine Engineering with a minor in Naval Architecture. Painting entered my life in the early 1990s, on weekends, in my unfinished basement where I would experiment with brushes and brushstrokes, colors and values, perspective, technique, and much more. All I needed was a sandwich, some wine, and music…and a rainy day when my daughter’s soccer game was cancelled. As with all of us, my life experiences have influenced how I see the world: what is interesting, shape and form, motion, context, color and so on. My experiences find their way into my art. I can be contacted via my website: jimcarrollart.com. I hope you enjoy my work.