"Cortona-Bells at Sunset"
47x27 inches, oil on canvas, 2002
The cathedral bell tower of Cortona has been moved to a
different location for this scene. In the distance is Lake
Trasemeno, the place where Hannibal defeated a
massive Roman force. The painting is about the
shortness of life, the tragedy that even the little child will
have to die someday. The sun is about to dip below the
horizon and is glimpsed just to the side of the tower. The
bells ring out the hours and the little child goes round and
round on the merry-go-round. The beauty of the distant
mountains on the horizon and the dying light coming
through the cathedral windows evoke the hope of afterlife.