2016 Art Update

May 2016 three friends joined me on a 3-week self-directed tour of Sicily. What a great place filled not only with Italian history, but the largest collection of Greek architecture outside of Greece. Landscapes were dry and rugged. Churches ranged from medieval to Baroque; museums documented their rich past. The people were very friendly and helpful especially when we were lost or needed advice.


When we returned our Peugeot rental car in Palermo, the man checking for damage walked around and around the car. Threw his hands up and said, “Impossible, impossible! No damage!!!” Guess he was to surprised 4 US women could survive 3 weeks driving in Sicily without any car damage. Of course, most Sicilian city streets were never designed for cars. Our car’s GPS was a tremendous help for navigating roundabout intersections. Not speaking Italian was another challenge. We learned quickly that being lost was the norm, but it was all part of the “travel adventure”.


After returning home I created a few paintings from several of my favorite places:


Breaking Away, (the painting is a scene of an olive grove at the “Valley of the Templi“ outside Agrigento. Even though the painting doesn’t show ruins, the site is one of the best examples of Greek art and architecture.) Oil on Canvas, 12”H x 12”W, N. Baur Dillen, 2016 ©


Distant Danger (Mt. Etna had a minor eruption the day we left!), Oil on Canvas, 12”H x 12”W, N. Baur Dillen, 2016 ©


Grotto Trail, (The painting depicts a storm approaching as we traverse a very overgrown trail at the Zingaro Nature Preserve where my friend, Susan Martin, fell and broke her hand… a minor setback!) Oil on Canvas, 12”H x 12”W, N. Baur Dillen, 2016 ©


Where Next? (Segesta is one of the best preserved Greek temples in the world just southwest of Palermo.), Oil on Canvas, 12”H x 12”W, N. Baur Dillen, 2016 ©


Fall 2016 my husband, Rick and I drove to North Carolina to see the fall leaves. Unfortunately, we also got a preview of the smoke from wild fires that filled the mountain valleys with smoke that later took over large areas around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN devastating parts of those communities.