After a 10-week sojourn throughout Italy, I resurrected my more spontaneous creative self that had been buried for too many years by grief, loss, and pain. And, as was natural, Florence -- the cradle of Renaissance art -- was the womb for my rebirth. There, while enveloped by the Tuscan city's beauty and style, both natural and manmade, I participated in a month-long landscape painting workshop at the Florence Academy of Art. My series of the city's glorious landmarks was executed with the school's more traditional style. The skills refined here, however, have been a crucial foundation for leaping into other styles, the first of which was the semi-abstracted value work of a seaside setting in Italy's Cinque Terre.