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June Carey - Sunflowers of Castiglion Fiorentino -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          Sunflowers of Castiglion Fiorentino
by June Carey

Original Retail Price $495.00

LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
Limited Edition of: 75
Image Size: 24"w x 20"h.
Published: June 2011


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Tuscany, against the foothills of the Apennine Mountains sits the small, walled-city of Castiglion Fiorentino. It is in magical places such as this that the soul of the region resides. It is here, in the shadow of the ancient stone tower, Il Cassero, that cultivated fields and Old World charm thrive.

“On the peaceful flatland of the Val di Chio, just below the city, I climbed out onto the floor of this field of sunflowers,” reminisces June Carey. They were tall and I wanted to stand among them, to look up and see the sun glowing through their golden crowns. I made my way amongst the giant leathery leaves, trying not to step on anyone’s feet. I was able to see, through the many flowery faces, my beautiful and ancient Etruscan village silhouetted against the sky, creating the dramatic background I hoped for in this painting. I wondered if the Etruscans planted sunflowers here. I didn’t linger, for I know the very much still-living proprietor tending these flowers could have soon arrived to question me. As I escaped through the mud, I sensed a thousand years of culture still thrived in this field.

“These large girasole are just now reaching their full maturity and are covered with a million buzzing bumble bees. Their heads are heavy with the seeds and have begun to lean over with the weight. The petals droop gently down across their giant smiling faces. Too heavy to follow the sun, the flowers simply remain facing east.”

“Sometimes I park outside the main gate of the city and walk up into the busy streets to go to my local post office or shop for a local wine or book. There is a coffee bar and pizza place just outside the massive, medieval gate, where old men always sit playing poker, laughing and talking. The old women are never with them. They are inside the village walls hanging out the clothes to dry above the narrow streets, running small shops, buying fresh bread for the day and talking loudly to each other. Their voices echo noisily within the ancient stone walls.”

You can brighten any room with happiness of fresh flowers and the romance of Tuscany. "Sunflowers of Castiglion Fiorentino" is available as an oversized MasterWork™ Fine Art Canvas for large spaces and as a moderately-sized Fine Art Canvas Edition as well. You might not have a home in Tuscany, but with the art of June Carey you can enjoy Tuscany in your home!




June Carey
Born in Maryland, the first 11 years of my life were spent in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania’s beautiful Amish farm country. Ours was a home always alive with the sounds of singing, laughter, and a love for the arts. My father was a voice instructor, and there was a steady flow of eccentric, artistic, and interesting larger- than- life-characters, as my father’s greatest passion was the Italian opera, and all its drama. But I was NOT a performer! And while the rich, and tragic melodic theme from Aida seemed to always play in the background of my heart, and life, I found myself in search of a quiet reality, where no one could make me forget who I was or why. The real-life opera of my family life was a drastic contrast to the truthful beauty of the tranquil land, where I could breathe in the life of the things that flourished under the warming sun. I remember vividly, when I was 5, losing myself, in the turquoise twilight magic of a summer evening, taken in by the breath of sweet fields of winter wheat, beneath the rising sliver of a moon. Here I felt I found myself, my love, my truth. While the melodramatic voices loudly echoed from our little farmhouse, I escaped into the quiet roar of the singing crickets, and the song of the meadowlark, and here I felt, was a place that was mine. As my life changed, my parents divorced, and we moved away, I always longed for my beautiful Pennsylvania fields, where everything was the way it should be.

I can’t explain why I feel such passion for the beauty of the fertile earth, but these things have been my real teachers. Through colorful, and crazy years of growing up, from the Eastern seaboard, through the hills of the Ozarks, to California, where I arrived at 19, the sun never fades, and the power of the earth causes brave little plants to push themselves into the light, even in the middle of a busy LA freeway! These things make me happy and so, I have gone in search of the scenes where I feel the reality rich with the breath of growing things, and the essence of life, itself, as the way the world needs to be for human beings to grow and thrive.

I began painting full time in 1982, starting from the literal sidewalk, I did my time as a starving artist, with a young son to raise from a first marriage. But, there came a time when I was happy to leave the tragic artist vision behind, for the happy success of sell-out gallery shows, in Carmel California and award banquets in Jackson, WY at the Arts for the Parks where I won the Region II Award twice. In 1991 I married late historical maritime artist David Thimgan, and for the next 13 years we thrived and grew together, running with our cameras up and down the N. coast, trying to capture the California light we both loved. It was on one of these impulsive escapes to the Mendocino coast, as we traveled through the back roads, that I discovered the California wine country, in the all the glory of a late summer afternoon light. I was so happy to have found a place in California that reminded me of my long, lost fields of Pennsylvania, where green things thrived, under the care of humans. I painted my first Vineyard scene in 1996, and as time passed, all this has taken me to the countryside of Tuscany, where I feel I probably lived in a former lifetime. My Italian opera theme song has never left my heart, and somehow, life seems to have come full circle, to connect, again, the passions of my life.

 

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