The reason I painted Portofino Sailing is that the boats and sailing have a religious interpretation. The various boats symbolize transport in the spiritual path. The boats symbolize safety for Christians that are swimming in a sea of evil and material goods. The mast and yardarm form the symbol of a cross. The colorful buildings in the back symbolize the beautiful souls of those that follow the spiritual path.
Description: PROPERTY OF ARTIST ROSSANA KELTON
Rossana Kelton ‘Rossi’ (B. 1960)
Signed, titled and date ‘Portofino Sailing’, April, Atlanta, 2013 (on the reverse)
Acrylic on Plexiglass
18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm)
Painted in 2013
Collection of Artist, Rossana ‘Rossi’ Kelton, 2018
The condition of this painting can vary widely and the nature of the paint sold means that they are unlikely to be in perfect condition. Paintings are sold in the condition that they are at the time of sale.
Rossi’s main inspiration for this work was the little sailing towns of the Mediterranean Sea. She loved the colorful houses, the beautiful rows of colorful boats all waiting to go out to bring the next catch. She was looking for images sailing ships when she came across an image of the Italian coast and the city of Portofino. This small fishing town was well known for its artistic associations, but she was interested in the colorful painted buildings that line the shore. She decided that she was going to use a different technique and paint on a surface that was not cotton canvas. She selected Plexiglass because of its transparent properties. She also had to perform some research because she had to use a primer to get the paint to adhere to this surface. She used Golden Acrylic paints because they do not react with Plexiglass like oil paintings do. This was a research project to learn the properties of the new surface and adapt to it. Rossi utilized abstract techniques to create this fine art work. See you in Portofino!