Thinking of Italy

Gordon College recently hosted a gathering to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Gordon in Orvieto program. I was fortunate to study with Bruce Herman and Tanja Butler in Orvieto in the fall of 1999, and this picture recalls the many “passeggiatas” and evening meals my fellow students and I enjoyed overlooking the surrounding vineyards. Jessica Ventura, Stephanie Simon, Rosemary Scott-Fishburn, Michelle Arnold Paine, Jonathan Bean, among several others are captured in this sunset. It was a beautiful meditation to step back in time to the moment while painting; to remix the song title by Billy Joel, “I’m in an Orvieto state of mind”.