William Kelley

"The Great Wall, Mutianyu"

Oil on canvas


"Il Fiore e Muro #2"

Oil on canvas
20" x 28"



Oil on canvas
30" x 40"


"Havana Voodoo"

Oil on canvas
36" x 48"


"La Felice Albero Giallo"

Oil on canvas
20" x 24"


I have been fortunate enough to have spent a good part of the last 20 years living, studying and painting in Florence, Italy. The landscape, history and character of this beautiful city, its people and traditions, will be etched in my memory forever.

In addition to its abundance of art treasures, Florence’s location, in the center of Tuscany, serves as a major departure point to the many other magnificent cities, towns and villages of Italy. When I first visited Italy, the spectacular beauty of Florence, Rome, and Venice struck me. In recent, years, I have grown to love the simplicity and tranquility of the landscape of the small towns and villages of this beautiful country. North and West of Florence, the Tuscan villages of Montecatini, Lucca, Barga, and Vitiana have provided me with limitless inspiration. The seaside towns of Viareggio and Portofino provide breathtaking waterfront views. In the Chianti region of southern Tuscany, towns such as Monteriggioni, Siena, Pienza, and Montalcino have been sources for many of my recent landscape paintings. The quiet, hidden village of Bagno Vignoni, known throughout Europe for centuries for its healing waters, inspired many paintings. The serenity of this area in unsurpassed. The Amalfi coast, and Positano specifically, has one of the most spectacular coastlines in Europe, if not the world. I have spent many days enjoying the vast beauty of the Mediterranean and the pleasantness of the people in this magnificent town. From the beautiful beaches to the mountain village of Montepertuso, the vistas are unrivaled.

I hope that my paintings and reflections of the unparalleled beauty of Italy are as enjoyable to the viewer as they have been to me.

— William Kelley