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Via dell'Amore by Rod Chase
Via dell'Amore by Rod Chase


 
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In Italian, a trail is called a Sentiero. The one that connects the five villages of the Cinque Terre is the famous Sentiero no. 2 or Sentiero Azzuro. The five towns are unique and afford fabulous views from land and sea. From the sea, the towns resemble a sparkling necklace decorating the interesting Italian coast.


Since the thirties, the portion of the trail connecting Riomaggiore and Manarola (the southern- most section of the Sentiero Azzuro) has been called the Via del’Amore or The Lover’s Road. It certainly is particularly beautiful with romantic views.


The 11 kilometer long trail takes about 5 hours to walk if not much time is spent enjoying the scenery. There is a total elevation difference of 500 meters between the highest and lowest points of the trail, and many parts are stony paths with steep stairs. But the Via dell-Amore section takes only about 20 minutes traverse leaving lots of time to enjoy its beauty and drama and perhaps a bit of romance.


As one of today’s finest and most recognized photorealist painters, Rod Chase has earned the highest respect of his peers and the admiration of legions of collectors. Each painting from the artist’s easel is a masterpiece created from extensive research and numerous photographs of each of his subjects. This technique, along with the aid of historical photographs, results in a timeless quality in each of Chase’s works.

In his quest for mystique, accuracy, and a true sense of history, Chase does extensive research. His travels have led him from New York and Washington, D.C. to Colorado and California and finally to Italy in a never-ending search to obtain materials and photography for new paintings. The talented artist says, "Being a photorealist, I am dependent on finding accurate reference material for each painting.” Chase works with acrylics on canvas, spending hundreds of hours on each painting with the ultimate goal of presenting a fresh, unique, and elegant approach to familiar subjects. The detail in each painting is remarkable, but the mood each is equally impressive.

Chase is acknowledged as a master of breathtaking scenes depicting our country’s natural and historical treasures. He has painted images of such famous landmarks as The White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court building to name a few. As a naturalized citizen, he felt honored as well as professionally challenged to paint these subjects.

Chase also paints magnificent foreign landscapes. His travels in Italy inspired him to paint St. Peter’s Basilica and the romantic canals of Venice. The artist’s outstanding talent in his use of light is evident in "The Glory of San Pietro” and "The Mists of Morning.” Without traveling to these world-famous locales, the viewer is able to feel as if the scene is unfolding before them in person.

Rising early to photograph the dramatic light of sunrise or awaiting the soft, moody glow of sunset, Chase captures the emotion and direction in which he will paint his subject. The artist will continue to create elegant, awe-inspiring scenes by combining antique and modern photographs with just the right touch of artistic license.



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