About me


 
I never intended to stay here, but my less-traveled road led me 
to divide my time between two countries on different sides of 
the Atlantic.   It is a path that many with ambition plan to 
follow, eventually coming to a new home where they will live
out a life filled with beautiful scenery, art and excellent 
cuisine, leaving behind  others with more mundane aspirations.  
Italy has often been the imaginary view from a corner office,  
a measure of personal success.  It has also been relentlessly 
stereotyped in books and film, and I would like to offer another,
and possibly truer, perspective.

I have lived in Italy for over thirty years, coming here on 
a whim and staying year after year,  marrying and raising a 
family, creating a world here near a small southern town which
has never failed to interest me.   But if you are thinking of
the many stereotypical accounts by ex-patriots who have made 
a new life here and enthuse romantically about all things Italian,
I assure you the real story--my story--is different.  Of course
it is rich with olive trees, blue sea and stone towns, but there 
has been so much more that is wondrously strange, terrifying, 
indecipherable, and marvelously funny.   
My life here hasn't been what you might imagine at all.

painting:  "Il Vinello"  oil on canvas, 11 x 30 inches, 2010

2 comments on “About me

  1. mydoublelifeinitaly says:

    I appreciate your thoughts about my work! Actually I get my supplies from both the US and Italy. I have a dear colleague who has an art supply store in Bari (Saluti Signor Carenza!) and so I can get just about everything for painting there. I have another friend (Saluti Signor Farina!) in Grottaglie who has been helping me with all things ceramic. But then of course I have to carry rolls of canvases and pastels each time I fly, but I don’t mind really. I wish I had a gallery in Italy but where I live, buying art is the last of their concerns. So unless I have a one-off show there, I bring mot things back here to the USA.

  2. Hello Ms Langston:
    I would like to commend you strongly for your writing as well as for your paintings. The paintings in particular have (to me)such an interesting narrative and gently expressed meaningful quality that I am very much drawn to, as I am sure are others.
    I wanted to ask if you have availability of art supplies locally or do you have to bring them or mail order them?
    Many thanks also for your very interesting and well written blog.
    Peter Berndt, M.D.

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