Salute is an original oil painting by Debra Keirce. The painting measures 4″ x 6″ with the frame measuring 7 1/4″ x 9 1/4″, frame included.
Santa Maria della Salute church is simply called Salute. I think every artist who has ever visited Venice has painted it. It’s that picturesque. I was on a water taxi at sunset when we rode by and the pinks and blues reflecting off the basilica and the water took my breath away. I literally saluted to its beauty. I know that word means something different in Italian, but that is how I felt. I wanted to give respect and pay homage to this architecture that inspired the likes of Francesco Guardi, Titian and John Singer Sargent. There’s something about being in a place that great artists have been, and taking in its smells, sounds, sights, the feel of the breeze. I feel humbled and filled with a compulsion to give it my best shot and try for a greatness in my craft that makes the masters proud. Creating and painting with all the modern tools and supplies I have at my disposal - resources Titian and Guardi couldn’t even dream of - I wanted to capture that feeling of reverance in this tiny miniature painting.