A magnificent painter using classical techniques, Paula Rubino has demonstrated time and time again her mastery of oil. Born in Trenton New Jersey, Paula decided to move to Florence where she honed her craft studying under Angel Ramiro Sanchez and at The Florence Academy of Art. After living in Florence for eight years, she decided to return to the states where she settled down and had a son. Paula has generously shared photos of her sources of inspiration while living in Italy!
I left Florence for the first time in 2002, after eight years of study and living. Ten years later, we decided to return as a family for the 2012-2013 academic year. My son, Olavi, attends a local school, and my husband and I paint. A few images to give you an idea!
The first sight to greet travelers – Florence’s centerpiece, the Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore).
The family (I am third from left) and friends in front of Museo Stibbert – a favorite for medieval and armor fans such as my ten year old son!
We quickly discovered Villa Rusciano up the lane from our home. It was originally a Renaissance country estate and farm which has fallen into some disrepair. The city uses the building for the parks office and the gardens are open. I love the slight feeling of overgrown decay in the orchards, and in warmer weather I love painting here.
Also nearby, Villa Bardini. Its surrounding gardens have been newly restored. I had never heard of this estate when I lived here before, though it sits on a hill close to the center, with close-up views of the river Arno.
The inspiration here in Florence is endless – the beautiful landscape continually provides…
Some of Paula’s figurative work, perhaps influenced by her studies with Odd Nerdrum in Norway!