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Major: Studio Art, Italian Studies modified with Art History
Hometown: Windham, NH
Interests/Hobbies: Painting, drawing, cooking, reading, rollerblading
Why I Chose Italian: Ever since I was young, my main interest has been in art. One of the reasons I chose to come to Dartmouth was because of the Art History Foreign Study Program to Florence. I was first introduced to Italian Studies through the introductory language courses that I was required to take to participate in the program. I had a great professoressa that sparked my interest in Italian culture. I took this interest with me to Florence and returned to NH plotting my next escape to Italy. I applied late to what was then the Italian Studies FSP and returned to Italy fall term of my junior year. At the end of the program, I didn't want to leave! I stayed in Rome for my off term working as an editor and translator before returning to Dartmouth in the spring. I never expected to feel 'culture shock' upon returning to NH, but that's exactly what happened! I signed up for my first literature course in Italian Studies and through the department met a great group of people -- students, professors, and community members -- with whom I could share my experiences and interests.
After graduating from Dartmouth, I returned to Italy, interning at the American Academy in Rome and assisting on the Italian Studies LSA+ and Art History FSP. I have taken the year to continue pursuing my art and am currently looking into graduate schools in the design field (perhaps in Italy!).
My Work: After having worked almost exclusively in oil during my Dartmouth years, I have recently been working primarily in watercolor. I think it is one of the most beautiful and versatile mediums, although it is unfortunately often overlooked in art instruction. People always ask me what kind of work I do...I tell them it is a sort of cross between Futurism and Impressionism. I paint what I see in front of me, trying to capture the energy of the moment.
Last Updated: 8/27/09