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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Kathleen Dunne

Another amazing woman that we visited during our trip to Lucca was Kathleen Dunne, a California artist who came to Lucca to paint at the age of 69 in 2002 and never went back. Dee met Kathleen in 2004 when both were studying Italian in the Koinè language school in Lucca. Kathleen had previously worked as an art director for an advertising agency as well as a freelance illustrator. Oil painting is her real passion and she now lives in a 600 year old farmhouse in the hills above Lucca where she paints full time.

We met her for lunch, a tour of her home and studio, and a walk in the Tuscan hills. The roads were very steep and narrow. Our driver dropped us off to walk the last 100 yards up the hill.

Kathleen patiently answered Tracy's questions on the technical aspects of using oils.

Here is Kathleen showing us some of her paintings under the watchful eye of the Bouvier who accompanied her from California.

What a beautiful place for lunch!

To learn more about Kathleen, click here.

1 comment:

  1. I have ben a fan of hers for a few years. Is there some way to contact her and see her studio in Lucca?