In 2007 I sailed the Cycladic Islands just of the coast of Greece. Azure blue skies, clean waters, white houses with blue shutters, and colorful fishing boats anchored in the harbors. It was a sight to behold. Daily life on the Greek islands is peaceful and quiet, the people are friendly and it is as if time stood still. It made for many memories, which I would like to share with you in my paintings. This contemplative and harmonious way of life was my inspiration for the Greek series of oil paintings.
Capturing Greek Isles Culture
"The Guardian II"15 x 18" Oil on Linen
Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands, known as a refuge from attacking pirates. Many of the buildings built around the harbor date back to the early 18th century. One such home amid a classic Greek fishing setting sets the scene for many a tale. One can just imagine the stories of fishermen as they have come and gone on their vessels and sought refuge at home. The perch of the cat off to the side shows anticipation in waiting for the next catch of the day.
"Chatting"15" x 18" Oil on Linen
Two local villagers chat up a moment on the Island of Ios. This everyday scene is set against the beautiful backdrop of a stunning Greek Orthodox Church adjacent to the Mediterranean. These churches are sprinkled throughout the island, providing a stunning architectural setting for liturgy. The domed Church was established as a hallmark of Byzantine architecture, infusing the Church with mystical geometry.
"Ania Theodoti Beach"19" x 25" Oil on Linen
The raw beauty of a workman's fishing boats brings you back to the bygone days of Old Greece. These boats lure you into a pure Greek setting and beyond to the royal blue Mediterranean waters that reach out far and beyond the islands to the distant mountains and on up to the sky.