All of the below (94) testimonials are excerpts from "unsolicited" e-mails collected from the years 1999-2015 from clients around the world. Feeling so profoundly impressed, we felt the need to devote a section on this website to them alone. Each testimonial is published with the explicit permission of our clients and with our gratitude. (More recent testimonials and comments can be found on our TripAdvisor listing and our Facebook page.)
- 2015 -
Thanks so much. THE PAINTING just ARRIVED A HALF-HOUR AGO! IT TOOK ME THAT LONG TO UNWRAP PAOLO'S GREAT PACKAGING JOB. And the picture looks wonderful and I'M VERY HAPPY with it. The frame has enough green and dark gold that it is nicely set against the gold-color wall and the painting LOOKS GREAT IN THE SPACE.
MANY THANKS to Paolo for the beautiful painting and to you FOR the wonderful job you have done in MAKING THIS TRANSACTION SO ENJOYABLE AND EASY. It was lovely to meet you both and it has been a pleasure doing business with you."
OUR PAINTING HAS JUST ARRIVED!!!! WE ARE SO THRILLED! Just out of the box 5 minutes ago. We will send a picture once hung. WE TRACKED IT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, ABOUT 2-3 TIMES A DAY over the weekend to see where it was at.
YOUR PAINTING HAS ARRIVED IN SUNNY FL. safe and sound. YOU'RE RIGHT, THE PHOTOS DON'T DO IT JUSTICE. WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT, it's just beautiful!!! The only problem is finding a place to hang it where we can enjoy it all the time. IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE DOING BUSINESS WITH YOU.
- 2014 -
Just received our PAINTINGS this morning. They ARE SO BEAUTIFUL and will always remind us of our recent "trip of a lifetime" to Varenna, Siena and Cortona. Paolo, you did a GREAT JOB of PACKING them...ARRIVING WITHOUT A SCRATCH. However, Carolyn and I are CONCERNED THERE MAY NOT BE ANY "FRAGILE" PACKING TAPE LEFT IN ITALY! We will send you a picture once we have them hung. THANKS again FOR MAKING THIS ACQUISITION POSSIBLE for us. Looking forward to our next meeting!
I only just OPENED THE PAINTINGS YESTERDAY, they look to be IN PERFECT CONDITION. I can see why Paul was proud of HIS PACKING JOB, it WAS LIKE ART IN ITSELF! The NEW clear COAT (OF VARNISH) LOOKS GREAT! Now we just have to wait for our new house to be completed so they can go to their final home. Thanks again and we’ll be in touch!
ONE DOWN AND ONE TO GO! Opened, with help, the first box. ALL the paintings ARE PERFECT! YOU CAN SMELL THE FRESH PAINT when the last layer of plastic is cut. So, SO FAR, PAOLO HAS WON: BEST PAINTER IN THE WORLD and BEST PACKER IN THE WORLD. Will start aiming for Lake Como in June. The next box to be opened tomorrow afternoon. I'll report in later. WHAT TREASURES!
…Hello, again. I just finished opening BOX 2. ALL the paintings are IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. Tonight, Melita you get the PRIZE FOR: 1. WORLD’S BEST ORGANIZED OFFICE MANAGER/HELPER, 2. WORLD’S BEST COMMUNICATOR via email or otherwise, and 3. WORLD’S MOST PATIENT PERSON. I look forward to seeing "you all" in June!
…Hello to you both. I AM in the process of FINDING THE RIGHT "SPOT" FOR EACH of the treasures. EVERYWHERE IN MY HOME I AM SURROUNDED BY THE BEAUTY OF LAKE COMO AND THE SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE. This must be one of the most beautiful places on our earth. YOUR PAINTINGS LIFT MY SPIRITS, just AS IF I WERE THERE! With best wishes and admiration.
- 2013 -
We have received the painting in excellent shape. It was packed very well. Thank you. We do love it and WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE RIGHT SPOT FOR IT IN OUR HOUSE. TOUGH CHOICES!! It was nice to have met you both. Now we have a special painting of our time in Italy and can also say that we met the painter and know the story of the painting. We will treasure it!! Thanks again.
OUR GINORMOUS PACKAGE with both paintings (for us and Ned) ARRIVED here safely! I'm so thrilled. Thanks you two. I SO LOVE OPENING A "PAOLO" IN OUR HOME. We know where ours belongs already. We have plans to take the package over to Ned's on Sunday for the unveiling. It is sitting wrapped in our living room but we just don't want to open it unless Ned is there to see his first... IT IS THE BEST PART...THE UNWRAPPING...(AS WE'VE DONE MANY TIMES). We have seen ours already and it's on my screensaver often. We will all get to see Ned's (commissioned piece) for the first time together. We will send a picture of all the excitement. I'LL HAVE TO GO GET A BOTTLE OR TWO OF PROSECCO FOR THE OCCASION. Like Christmas morning! Yeah!! Party at Ned's for the official hanging don't you think?
THE PAINTING LOOKS GREAT ABOVE THE FIREPLACE--just the right size and color scheme. It is gorgeous! The price sounds perfect. I quickly took a photo this morning and will send as an attachment tonight. Yes, we LOVE it and will buy a light after the holidays to set it off, probably from the mantle shining up instead of the other way. RIGHT NOW IT IS HANGING IN OUR BEDROOM (AND IT LOOKS GOOD IN THERE, TOO actually), along with the first painting, as it is time to decorate.
We all enjoyed meeting you, too, and our stay in Varenna was one of the highlights of our vacation. WE RETURNED SAFELY to the US on Wednesday night AND WERE pleasantly SURPRISED TO RECEIVE YOUR FED EX SHIPMENT the next morning - PERFECT TIMING! The painting will find a place of honor in our new home after we move.
Belated Merry Christmas and an early Happy New Year. We loved seeing you and hope your Christmas was wonderful. We can't wait to see you in August! The picture in the email you sent is the view we looked at every day walking to Varenna from Fiumelatte, we may just have to have a Paolo painting of that view! WE LOVE OUR VARENNA PAINTING AND LOOK AT IT EVERY TIME WE COME DOWNSTAIRS and of course think of you two. Again, thank you for bringing our beautiful painting and spending the evening with us. We will stay in touch until we see you again in 8 short months!
Bruce texted me yesterday saying THE PAINTING IS "BREATHTAKING" and he can't wait to come and see the real thing next summer! So thank you for creating such a wonderful reminder of a very special place that we will always treasure. We love the painting and found the perfect place to hang it in our entry. EVERY TIME I COME IN OR OUT THE FRONT DOOR, I AM REMINDED OF BEAUTIFUL VARENNA and the special time we had there. I cannot wait for Bruce to experience it with me next summer!
I cannot thank you enough for all of your kindnesses to me. ALL LAST NIGHT I COULDN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF THE PAINTING. Lit just by the spotlight, it illuminated the room as it did the showroom. I was able to show it to Mum and Dad on Skype. As Dad said, the room is now a gallery! PEOPLE CAN KEEP THEIR TITIANS AND VAN GOGHS. TO ME, THIS IS THE BEST PICTURE EVER and it is amazing to have it here. The spotlights will show off the Guaitamacchi Venice masterpieces to their very best advantages to my constant delight - and impress any guests to no end! It was very, very kind of you to bestow them upon me.
I JUST GOT THE PAINTING in great shape this morning! NO DAMAGE. VERY WELL PACKED! Thank you! We really enjoyed meeting you and your family too. THE PLACE on the wall in our home that I WAS IMAGINING FOR THE PAINTING WAS PERFECT and already pre-lit with a nice art light. Thank you all so much for allowing Connie and I into your world.
THEY'VE ARRIVED! Mark brought them home from work, unpacked them and put them out in the living room. He came into my study and said, “There’s something in the living room you might want to take a look at.” I realised. Oh my, both paintings are just so beautiful. I HAD TEARS IN MY EYES just looking at them both. IT WAS ALMOST RIDICULOUS TRYING TO TAKE IT ALL IN...LIKE HAVING TWINS! I cannot get over the drama and colour in the lavender picture, I just can’t stop marvelling at it, I go to the sky then down to the lavender then back to the sky, I cannot walk away from it. Mark’s painting is so tranquil I feel I could just step into it. I rang my mum who paints to try to explain how beautiful both paintings are and my joy, because she gets it. I said BOTH COULD HANG IN THE MUSEE D'ORSAY!
What Paul puts onto a white canvas is a scene interpreted through his eyes and the hand that holds the brush, a part of himself. Its such an honor to see what he sees in the gift of his work. IF PAUL WAS A MUSICIAN OR ATHLETE HE WOULD HAVE A STANDING OVATION and we would clap and cheer at his amazing performance. Instead I just quietly shake my head in disbelief and marvel at the colour and beauty he has captured.
I could go on and on! Thank you so very much, not only for the beautiful art works but for being such beautiful people. It is rare that a buyer knows the artist and knowing you makes the whole thing extra special. We don’t just enjoy the paintings like most buyers but HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF VARENNA, your gallery, and long afternoons, TALKING AND DRINKING WINE, ORGANIZING THE PURCHASE...I LOVE THAT PART, we just seem to go on and on, very Italian!
Thank you for your email. I am continuing to enjoy the painting - IT'S JUST BEAUTIFUL! Hope your exhibition went well and I'm sure we will be in Varenna again soon!
Paolo, I keep forgetting to send you a pic of the painting. WHEN YOU COME THROUGH OUR FRONT DOOR IT IS THE FIRST THING YOU SEE. We are quite pleased with it.
Dear Paolo, YOU HAVE AN INCREDIBLE AND SPECIAL TALENT! I am thrilled and completely happy with my new "Centrolago Da Sopra Villa Monastero & Cipressi" painting and especially your dedication on the back!
I AM A SIMPLE GUY...A father of two daughters, a remodel contractor, WITH LITTLE SPECIFIC EDUCATION IN THE FINE ARTS (something clearly not necessary to appreciate it) AND THIS PAINTING TAKES ME THERE IN A SPECIAL WAY NOT DESCRIBABLE. I am privileged to have this fine art in my home (and to have had such a wonderful visit with you).
Please, if you visit California, allow me the honor of hosting you and Melita to a dinner (of course with David and Susan). I look forward to that day, my next trip to Lake Como, and...my next purchase!
I'm happy to report that both PAINTINGS ARRIVED IN PERFECT SHAPE, although it was quite an exercise to remove all of the packing material. Thanks again for your help and patience. I expect that looking at the art every day will provide added incentive to return to Varenna soon.
IT'S LIKE CHRISTMAS HERE IN ALABAMA! THE PAINTINGS ARRIVED YESTERDAY. I am sitting in my living room surrounded by them. Its great! I SMILE EVERY TIME I PASS THEM AND SOMETIMES I JUST STOP AND STARE AT THEM. We all want to return to Lake Como! I may need to go back for one more painting. Who knows you may see us all again! Happy Holidays and thank Paolo for opening his studio that day!
The painting arrived earlier this week. We have been enjoying looking at it and thinking about Varenna. PLEASE TELL PAOLO HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE HIS BEAUTIFUL WORK.
- 2012 -
OUR PAINTING ARRIVED TODAY JUST IN TIME FOR A FAMILY DINNER PARTY THIS EVENING. We have ALREADY placed it ON OUR WALL and are looking forward to displaying it to our family. The painting arrived IN PERFECT CONDITION. Paolo did a GREAT JOB PACKING it. Happy Holidays
Hello! OUR BEAUTIFUL PAINTING WAS WAITING FOR ME when I got home last night - and IN PERFECT ORDER. Thank you so much for the FABULOUS PACKING process. It is ALREADY HUNG in our dining room and LOOKS EVEN BETTER THAN I HAD IMAGINED. Thank you again. I COULD NOT BE MORE PLEASED!
The PAINTING ARRIVED yesterday and my husband and I HUNG IT LAST NIGHT and we LOVE IT! TRULY, FROM THE TIME I WALKED INTO YOUR GALLERY on Lake Como IN 2005, I FELL IN LOVE WITH PAOLO'S ARTWORK. THIS HAS BEEN A LONG TIME DREAM OF MINE!
- 2011 -
- 2010 -
I am delighted to tell you that the PAINTING HAS BEEN RECEIVED WITHOUT MISHAP and in perfect condition. Olga and I ARE DELIGHTED WITH IT and WILL AWARD IT PRIDE OF PLACE IN OUR SECOND HOME IN A SEASIDE VILLAGE IN ESSEX WHICH HAS AN INTERESTING HISTORY and a number of art deco buildings. I AM SENDING YOU an invitation to view a web album - most of the PICTURES were taken by a friend visiting from America last year. PERHAPS PAOLO MAY THINK IT WORTHY OF HIS SPECIAL ATTENTION..................?
We thank you for the personal attention you have provided and wish you all the best for future successes.
We DID very PROMPTLY RECEIVE OUR PAINTING IN PERFECT CONDITION and LOVE IT! The painting IS now PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED IN OUR DINING ROOM. Please TELL PAOLO that my wife and I are just thrilled and THANK YOU very much FOR A FANTASTIC FINE ART ACQUISITION EXPERIENCE AND A TRULY AMAZING PAINTING.
I want to thank you AND your husband SOOOO much FOR ALL OF YOUR FANTASTIC HOSPITALITY in Varenna. (The drink you introduced me to was great!) Although Nicole and I were able to visit all kinds of amazing locations on Lake Como, we both agreed that HAVING COCKTAILS with you and Paolo ON THE VERANDA WATCHING THE SUNSET WAS definitely one of the MOST MEMORABLE AND ENJOYABLE experiences we had on our entire journey. HOW OFTEN DOES ONE EVER GET TO actually relax and HAVE A REAL CONVERSATION WITH THE CREATOR OF FINE ART that is about to be PURCHASED FOR ONE'S HOME? It was a really neat experience and it is one we will both cherish.
- 2009 -
I WAS GOING TO EMAIL YOU tonight to let you know that there is no tracking information on the Fedex website BUT THERE'S NO NEED - the PAINTINGS ARRIVED THIS AFTERNOON. That MUST BE SOME SORT OF RECORD.
(WILLOW, OUR DOG, HAS BEEN STANDING GUARD BY THE PACKAGE ALL AFTERNOON .)
You'll be happy to know that THEY ARE JUST AS WE REMEMBERED THEM , but we do have a bit of work to do to get the lighting right so it'll be a bit of time yet before we can enjoy them to their full potential. Oh well. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP.
Your PAINTING HAS ARRIVED and Tracey and I love it. It arrived SAFELY. We ENJOY the painting MORE EACH TIME WE LOOK AT IT. THANK YOU FOR PACKAGING IT UP SO WELL. Lake Como has not stopped beckoning since we left. FRIENDS ARE amazed and ENVIOUS of our story ABOUT US MEETING YOU both...was ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS of our trip to Italy. The $20 EURO DOWN PAYMENT MAKES EVERYONE SMILE. (We appreciate your honesty and friendliness.) Tracey and I will be able to say we knew Paolo after he becomes a world famous artist! I also met Norman Rockwell as a very young child.
- 2008 -
The PAINTINGS DID FINALLY ARRIVE LAST EVENING...they were held in Canada Customs for several days but I really don't care. But just an FYI in case you have future Canadian clients... It certainly would not have been (or will not be) a deterrent from me purchasing more paintings in the future.
AS FOR THE PAINTNGS...FANTASTIC!! I'm very pleased with Paolo's work. I HAVE YET TO SHOW THEM TO MY WIFE, WILL KEEP THEM HIDDEN UNTIL HER BIRTHDAY, but I'm sure she will love them. The paintings ARE A FANTASTIC REMINDER of the wonderful time we had in Lake Como...WOULD LOVE TO RETURN to the area again in the next couple of years. We would love to get back sooner BUT OUR TEAM IS EXPANDING as Dawn & I ARE EXPECTING OUR 4th CHILD in March! Best wishes to your family in the coming seasons.
Thank you. I love it! You NEED NOT BE WORRIED ABOUT ED and his suspicion, as I TOLD HIM THIS WAS HIS FATHER’S DAY PRESENT AND HE WAS THRILLED. Everything made sense to him at that point, so I think we are all squared away as far as that goes. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE EFFORT YOU HAVE GONE TO with regards to this. IT REALLY IS SPECIAL and he will treasure it for years to come.
We HAVE BEEN REMEMBERING OUR VISIT to Bellano and LAKE COMO fondly and particularly our visit to your home and studio. WE WERE QUITE ENAMORED WITH THE AREA AND YOUR ARTWORK, to say the least. WE ENJOY FRIENDSHIPS SUCH AS THE ONE WE HOPE TO HAVE KINDLED WITH THE TWO OF YOU throughout our professional and personal life. We have every intention of returning to visit in the not-too-distant future and certainly are considering the notion of a second home in Bellano at some point. If you should ever find yourself in near Colorado, please be sure to let us know of your travel itinerary.
- 2007 -
WE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY PROUD OWNERS OF A “GUAITAMACCHI”! It ARRIVED YESTERDAY afternoon at Claire's folks--I RUSHED HOME TO FINISH PAINTING THE WALL [a very light olive green] in order to create the setting for the new masterpiece! & it LOOKS FABULOUS…REALLY SUITES OUR LOUNGE. Everyone is giving compliments when seeing the lavender painting for the first time...we'll get photo's taken & send them over.
It's BEEN RAINING here every day! HOW I WOULD LOVE TO BE IN BELLAGIO TODAY...
- 2006 -
Our amazing PAINTING ARRIVED on Thursday SAFE & SOUND. It was PACKAGED NEATLY with care. And it is MORE GORGEOUS THAN I REMEMBERED. It really is!! We are of course thrilled. We HAVE OUR POPPY PAINTING hanging on the OPPOSITE wall of OUR AZALEAS just where we'd planned. Then WE ADDED SPOTLIGHTS just a few weeks ago to accent the walls. The dining room is fantastic now! WILL PAOLO ENTERTAIN THE IDEA OF HAVING SOMETHING READY FOR US when we come again NEXT MAY? Let me know how that works if possible. I AM STILL WANTING SOMETHING BIG FOR OVER THE FIREPLACE showing the Village of Varenna.
I WAS JUST PREPARING to send AN EMAIL asking when I might expect the painting WHEN A FEDEX TRUCK PULLED UP in front of my home with the package. It ARRIVED IN VERY GOOD CONDITION THANKS TO SOMEONE'S PROFESSIONAL PACKAGING. The painting TURNED OUT JUST AS I HOPED and as soon as Vivian returns from her "Bridge Lesson" we will experiment with a couple of different locations for its display. You can BE ASSURED that IT WILL HANG IN A PROMINENT PLACE and be a constant reminder of our wonderful summer in Varenna.
JUST BACK FROM SPAIN. I am happy to report that OUR PLACE IS DARLING, really has come on so nicely and PAOLO'S PAINTINGS, which are not hung yet because we need wire and hooks, etc. WILL HAVE PRIDE OF PLACE IN TWO ROOMS. GORGEOUS in our surroundings. I AM THRILLED.
Ian has asked me to let you know that WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THE PAINTING HAS ARRIVED AND HAS BEEN PUT IN OUR HOUSE ready for us to see when we go there for a few days at the end of June. I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING IT FOR MYSELF...I LOVE THE OTHER PAINTINGS BY PAOLO that we have already so I AM SURE I WILL LOVE THIS ONE TOO. PAOLO'S PAINTINGS NOW HAVE PRIDE OF PLACE in the salon of our house IN FRANCE AND in our LONDON flat. We love them all. PAOLO MAKES HIS SUBJECTS COME ALIVE.
I RECEIVED the PAINTING yesterday. It IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! I LOVE IT! I know we will enjoy this painting and fond memories of Lake Como for years to come.
Good Day. It was a pleasure to talk with you. As I said WE DID FIND A SPOT FOR THE PAINTING. It was NOT THE ORIGINAL PLACE that we had in mind BUT IT WILL BE OK...THIS TYPE OF PAINTING WILL LOOK GOOD NO MATTER WHERE IT IS, it IS JUST a BEAUTIFUL painting. Thank you.
The PICTURES ARRIVED YESTERDAY afternoon (by FEDERAL EXPRESS). I have unpacked them and it looks like they arrived WITH NO DAMAGE. They LOOK BEAUTIFUL (and the FRAME COLORS EVEN MATCH the COLORS IN OUR DINING ROOM - AN INCONSEQUENTIAL EXTRA BENEFIT). We will send you a picture once we have hung them.
I look forward to seeing Paolo’s new work. I JUST HUNG THE PAINTINGS LAST WEEKEND. EACH HAS SOMETHING THAT GIVES ME SUCH A SENSE OF PEACE AND SATISFACTION. I SMILE EVERY TIME I PASS THE TUSCAN POPPY FIELD and SIGH EACH TIME I LOOK AT THE PEPPERS. I GO THROUGH THE HOUSE LOOKING TO SEE WHERE I MIGHT HANG ANOTHER. I do have a spot for the larger painting that I admired. I don’t remember the name of the painting but it was in browns, gold and yellow. It was a landscape. Anyway…thank you so much.
Your BEAUTIFUL PAINTING ARRIVED SAFELY while John and I were in Austria. ALL OF THE FOLKS AT VIEWPLUS WERE VERY CURIOUS, SO THERE WAS A MAJOR UNVEILING YESTERDAY. I LOVE THE NEW FRAME, and it LOOKS PERFECT OVER OUR FIREPLACE. I hope that you will be able to see it there some day.
The two paintings ARRIVED IN GREAT SHAPE. They BOTH LOOK GREAT and we CAN'T WAIT TO GIVE THEM A SPECIAL SPOT IN OUR HOME . Hope to see you next year.
(PS) Please tell your mother that the ceramics arrived safely and they are just as beautiful as they were in Italy.
- 2005 -
Guess what? OUR PAINTING IS HERE. It arrived last evening. I waited for David to come home before unpacking it so we could see it together. IT LOOKS MORE BEAUTIFUL WITH THE FRAME AND THE VARNISH THAN WHEN WE LAST SAW IT. We are thrilled and know just where we'll hang it. I'll take a photo of it in our home and send it when we have done this. YOU WILL SEE however, that THERE IS NOW A SPOT ON THE OTHER WALL THAT NEEDS SOMETHING as well. We will be back soon!!
WE GOT THE PAINTINGS last Friday! THEY LOOK GREAT! We plan on redecorating the family room so they will have a proper space eventually. Please keep in touch and let us know if you are ever in NYC or would like to discover Quebec. The light is amazing there! Have a great summer and THANKS SO MUCH for the beautiful paintings. WE LOVE THEM!
IT IS 4:30PM on Friday afternoon SYDNEY TIME and our PAINTING HAS JUST BEEN DELIVERED to our door INTACT. It IS EVERY BIT AS WONDERFUL AS we recalled WHEN WE MADE THE PURCHASE. Thank you for taking the trouble to send the painting to us . We will treasure it in the years ahead as we remember with great fondness our wonderful time in Italy and especially the Lake Como region.
IT'S HERE!!! Sharon and I had gone to an early lunch today. As WE RETURNED HOME, we turned on to our street and HELD OUR BREATH AND SURE ENOUGH WE SAW A POST OFFICE TRUCK in front of our house. The painting LOOKS SO WONDERFUL IN OUR BREAKFAST AREA!!! We can't wait to show it off to family and friends. Thanks so much for your concern and hand holding over the past several weeks. WE HOPE that we'll have the opportunity to return in the near future TO SHARE THAT GLASS OF WINE with the two of you.
We received the PAINTINGS on Wednesday and they LOOK GREAT!! I ESPECIALLY LIKE THE ONE OF Lake Como and THE TOWN OF VARENNA. Tell your husband that we are very much enjoying the paintings and we appreciate all of your hard work in putting this together.
I suspect you have already heard from Judy, but the PAINTINGS ARRIVED SAFELY on our doorstep yesterday. THEY ARE JUST AS BEAUTIFUL IN INDIANA AS THEY WERE IN ITALY! Best wishes to you both.
WELL, WE ARE THRILLED PAOLO !!!!!!!!! THE PAINTING IS JUST GREAT - EXACTLY WHAT WE WANTED. It is now up on the wall of our new bedroom here so that we can see what we are missing when not in Cornwall by the water!! Thank you very much!!!! I hope the wind and rain did not ruin your impression of Cornwall and that you will return.
The painting arrived at our door this morning in excellent shape. PAUL DID A GREAT JOB PACKING THE PAINTING for travel. It now HAS A PROMINENT PLACE in our Parlor over the mantel. It is the first thing you see when you enter the room. WE ARE MOST HAPPY with the results. I will send you a digital picture in a few days.
- 2004 -
IT WAS A PLEASURE to meet you and TO VIEW ALL OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL ART. WE WILL TREASURE OUR TWO PIECES and will think of you and Varenna often. We loved the area so we will surely visit again. Should you be in CT, we would enjoy having you visit us. Until then, we send our best and many thanks.
Just to let you know, the Varenna PAINTING ARRIVED Friday, SAFE AND SOUND in all respects, and WE PROMPTLY HUNG IT in the dining room, on the wall east of the kitchen/dining room entrance, SO IN EFFECT WE HAVE A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE VARENNA WATERFRONT! The painting is very beautiful and we thank you for making it available to us! ALSO TOMAS HUNG, IN MY OFFICE, THE WONDERFUL PAINTING OF VENEZIA. So now I have a poster of San Vigilio, on Lago di Garda, on one wall, and the beautiful scene of Venezia on the other. We thank you for allocating your time and for sharing your wonderful views and thoughts. We look forward to our next meal and conversation.
I am thrilled! The POPPY PAINTING ARRIVED this morning (before your email) and it is as beautiful as I remember and I am so happy to have it. I FEEL THE SAME WAY looking at it AS I DID IN YOUR STUDIO: SENSES THRILLED, PULLED INTO ITS RICHNESS, SPIRIT COMFORTED, and taken back to Italy, the feel of the air, the softness of the sky (very different than a California sky) that you captured so well, the vibrancy of the sea of poppies dancing in the green of the meadow, the farmhouse in the distance. I can imagine it must have been very hard for you to part with it and BE ASSURED IT WILL BE WELL LOVED. It will probably also bring friends to Varenna to find you, at least I hope so. Also I wanted you to know it WAS PACKED IMPRESSIVELY well (the UPS FOLKS WERE FULL OF COMPLIMENTS) and made the trip perfectly. I will send you photos when I get it hung so you can see it in its new home over one of the pianos. Grazie, thank you so much, Paolo.
I'm writing this note to let you know our PAINTING ARRIVED yesterday (Tuesday) in very fine shape. MY HUSBAND AND I WERE newly admiring the painting and CONGRATULATING OURSELVES OVER THIS ADDITION TO OUR HOME! as we only saw it for a brief time in your gallery, WE GOT TO ENJOY IT AGAIN IN MORE DETAIL AT HOME. Since we spent some time in Tuscany marveling over the beautiful agricultural landscape, this particular painting reminds us of our trip -- the landscape is unlike anything we have in the United States. I ALSO PARTICULARLY LIKE THE MOOD OF THE EVENING SKY. Thank you so much for your help and attention in preparing it and mailing it to us from so far away.
IL QUADRO E' ARRIVATO. E' MAGNIFICO! It arrived the day before our party AND WAS IMMEDIATELY PUT on the wall IN LOWELL'S STUDY WHERE ALL COULD ADMIRE OUR BEAUTIFUL VIEW. It truly gives us great pleasure and nostalgia to sit in that room and gaze upon it.
Wow!!!! What a beautiful surprise that showed up at our doorstep on Saturday. THE PAINTING IS MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN WE EVER IMAGINED IT COULD BE. WHAT AWESOME TALENT YOU HAVE PAOLO. And THE LITTLE PAINTING IS ALSO SO SPECIAL TO US. Thank you so much for working with us and for specially painting us our own painting of Varenna. What wonderful memories we have of your beautiful town and country. I hope we will keep in touch. Let us know how you are now and then and what you are painting. If you ever come to California let us know. We would love to see you. Thanks again!!!! We can't wait to return to Lake Como!!!!!
I just wanted to let you know that THE PAINTING HAS ARRIVED SAFELY, LOOKS MARVELOUS AND SOON WILL BE GRACING OUR DINING ROOM. We really love the painting, and it was a pleasure to meet you during our trip to Lake Como. Do let me know if you ever make a visit to Washington, D.C.