Alan Campbell grew up on a dairy farm in Watkinsville, GA, a stone's throw from Athens. Campbell completed his first oil painting at age 11, starting his journey toward a BFA and MFA from the University of Georgia (UGA). Campbell's rural upbringing fueled his bond with the natural world, and a summer job at the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island during his freshman summer exposed him to research and science. That co-mingling of art and science defines Campbell to this day, with a successful career as a world-renowned environmental and expedition artist working in some of the remotest locations on the planet, from the ice fields of Antarctica to the rain forests of Costa Rica and Peru.
Campbell's studies eventually took him to UGA's study abroad program in Cortona, Tuscany. Just below Cortona's ancient walls, on the hillside carpeted with olive trees, sits the city's tribute to High Renaissance architecture — Santa Maria delle Grazie al Calcinaio. The church was built between 1485 and 1513 by the Shoemakers Guild and is the masterpiece of Francesco di Giorgio Martini. In his painting of this iconic structure, Alan employs his well-known ability to orchestrate color, light and luminosity to evoke a sense of place, perfectly capturing the setting, the church's Latin cross design and its elegant dome.
• 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
• Finished Puzzle Size: 19.25" x 26.625"
• Linen pieces on quality blueboard backing
• Matte Finish to reduce glare
• Recommended Age: 13+ Years
Proceeds from this puzzle directly benefit the nonprofit Friends of San Filippino
Thanks to the UGA Cortona Study Abroad Program — which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019 — students of all kinds have lived, studied and worked in Cortona, a medieval Tuscan hill town rich in history and culture. Campbell and several other artists who experienced this unique UGA/Cortona tradition are raising awareness and funds to save San Filippino, a stunning baroque chapel in dire need of restoration. San Filippino is located in the nearby village of Castiglion Fiorentino, just ten miles from Cortona. Fellow UGA alumni Tim & Rita Richardson founded Friends of San Filippino (FOSF) to save this important spiritual, architectural and artistic treasure. FOSF also seeks to reestablish the chapel's common areas and apartments as places where artists, writers, scholars, and pilgrims of all walks of life can pursue their work and share their passions with local citizens.
We are proud and happy to donate all proceeds from this puzzle to the effort to save San Filippino. To learn more about this hidden gem, visit friendsofSF.org