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Studio Sicilia

Until the Paint is Gone

If you’re familiar with my artwork, it won’t surprise you I’m painting the doors and windows of my Sicilian studio a brilliant blue. — Each day I mix up a batch of paint or varnish for the doors, windows and …

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From Dusty Warehouse to Art Studio, Part 1

Studio Sicilia renovations February/March 2011 When I first saw this three-room "house" (small warehouse) on a Sicilian website, I scrolled through the photos of it for months. It became my phantom home, in a town I'd never seen, in a …

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Cracks in the Facade

Hand-inked tile from a church in Rome that will soon decorate a wall of my Sicilian studio. Thin cracks on the surface give it a warm texture. —— Oh the challenges of financing a Location Independent life: When I began …

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Girl with the Chinese Jacket

In this small Sicilian town of Cianciana, I’m known as “The American with the Chinese jacket.” Around these parts, black is la moda Italiana, and my vintage red jacket sticks out (even if I don’t as I do in Asia). …

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Almost There…

These keys are almost 10cm long (around 4 inches), and they’re even heavier than they look. Not something to be slipped discreetly in a girl’s back pocket. And the doors they open are pretty sturdy, too. I’m signing final papers …

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Risking it All for a Lost Dream

I've spent a long time working toward the next step of my life. Spent years of my childhood dreaming of the faraway places in my favorite history books. My teenage years lit only by visions of sun-drenched landscapes and ruins …

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