Robert Burcar Fine Art

Hollywood, California



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In 2008 and 2010, I had the wonderful opportunity of attending two summer abroad programs to study plein air painting through the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. At sunrise, four days a week, the instructors drove two vans of students and easels to a different location within the regions of Umbria and Tuscany. From our homebase of Corciano, a small medieval hilltop town in the province of Perugia, we traveled to areas including Assisi, Todi, Perugia, Cortona, Florence, Siena and Montepulciano. It was in these locations, we would draw and paint the rich landscapes and cityscapes of Italy, usually in 90 degree heat from morning into the late afternoon.

I soon discovered that drawing and painting from life was much more challenging than I ever imagined. I had just begun to learn how to paint and my skills were not always great. There were times I battled overwhelming fears, insecurities, self doubt about my abilities and perfectionist poison. However, beyond all the self criticism I inflicted on myself, I had an enormous desire to be a great painter after being inspired by my instructors and their amazing drawing and painting abilities. Even though I gradually improved as the courses progressed, it would take another several years of constant study and practice before I had a firm grip on the nuts and bolts of painting.

I've reminiced off and on about my days in Italy through the years; the friends I made, the lessons I learned and the beautiful locations we toured. I realize now that studying art in Italy was the true foundation of my journey as an oil painter. Last summer, I was decluttering my computer, getting rid of thousands of photos I've taken through the years that I'll never use. When I stumbled upon all the photos I took in Italy, the memories flooded back into my mind as if they were yesterday. I saw so many painting possibilities within the photos I once took. I then made a decision to create a series of oil paintings to revisit this important era of my life.

I wanted to recreate my memories on canvas with a sense of passion and rediscovered confidence. I wanted these paintings to be bold, thick and create a sense of comfort, harmony, magic and inner peace. Lastly, I wanted to make a series that I would always be proud of. This was a full circle examination of coming to terms with the skills I learned then and applying the skills I now possess a decade later. Italy has all the old world, haunting fairy tale charm that helped inspire me to become an artist in the first place. I'm very honored and grateful that I had the chance to experience life in a foreign country. The memories and experiences I collected in Italy are ones that I shall treasure in my heart forever.

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