Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-1999

Tuscany Brochure Covers

I started drawing and painting to illustrate the black and white brochures my mother would produce for her business, Invitation to Tuscany. Some of the early drawings are by my sister, Sally. All the ones after 1989 are mine. When we could finally afford to print in colour I could at least break out the watercolours!

1982 Invitation to Tuscany Brochure
1982 Invitation to Tuscany Brochure – the original drawing of our house, Timignano, is by my sister Sally.
1983 Invitation to Tuscany Brochure
1983:This house was called “La Corunna” below Casole d’Elsa. Also by my sister Sally
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-1987
1987: We’re missing some years, I’ll try to replace them. This was a drawing of mine of the Ox and Cart that would sometimes give us a lift to school
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-1988
1988 Invitation to Tuscany Brochure. A sketch of the Fiaschetteria in Montalcino, with my stepfather and Nicola having a drink
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-1989
1989 – A still life by my sister.
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-1990
1990. Back to the Oxen – I can’t remember why we had a scarcity of cover worthy pics this year!
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-1991
1991: The medieval tower of Poggiarello at Stigliano, close to Siena
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-1993
1993: I think this is a window round the back of Casa Marta at Montestigliano – the house is still on our books!
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-1994
1994: Lucignano d’Asso, a magical village south of Siena.
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-1995
1995: The view of Florence from the road near my flat, where I lived while I was at Art School there.
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-1996
1996: View of Siena from San Francesco, looking over Fonte Branda
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-1997
1997: Campochiarenti, a beautiful house near San Gimignano.
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-1998
1998: La Selva – this house was south of Siena and I love it but we only carried it for a year.
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-1999
1999: Jackie’s house in Monticiano. A little house bursting with charm and character
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-2000
2000: Another view of Siena, I could draw that city every day and not get bored!
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-2001
2001: Flavia’s house, just below Barberino val d’Elsa
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-2002
2002: This is a house near Lucca, in one of the elegant gardens of the many villas that surround the city
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-2003
2003: This villa was close to Siena, a big old rambling house, redolent with aristocratic memories
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-2004
2004: Back to Siena – this view is from the aborted expansion project – a whole new area for the city was planned here in the mid-14th century, stopped by the plague.
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-2005
2005: A village close to Pisa – I can’t remember the name but I remember climbing onto the old tower to get this point of view!
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-2006
2006: La Valle, in the hills between Lucca and Camaiore – a beautiful property
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-2007
2007: La Preghiera, a luxurious converted monastery.
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-2008
2008: Back to the beginnings – I did a new painting of Timignano, the family house
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-2011
2011: A wider format and a pciture of Castelonchio – a very popular house on Lake Trasimeno
Invitation-to-Tuscany-Brochure-2014
2014: Valdambra, a great place for families with a large pool, south east of Siena.