Through 2012 and most of 2013 I worked for the University of Georgia Cortona program in Italy as its Studio Coordinator.  Living there afforded me the opportunity to get more of a feel for the depth of Italy. I saw through the sunflowers and dazzling light to the weight, mass and grey roots of a place gorgeously rusted and roughly polished by time. This interested me more, and my palette shifted to black and white.  It didn’t occur to me to photograph my  Italian experience. Heavy dark graphite seemed a more appropriate way to capture it and I drew incessantly.