Brigitte Bentele, USA

New Jersey, USA |

“A passion for pastel painting under the tutelage of renowned professional pastel artists, an interest in Croatian history, culture, and its people, and an enjoyment in swimming in the sea combine to be a fantastic vacation and a unique opportunity to grow as an artist. It was wonderful to spend time with Mario, and at times with Minja and Bartol, to be in a beautiful setting of Villa Gloria and royally cared for by its owner Manda, to get daily instruction in portrait painting from our much beloved Ellen Eagle, to share delicious meals of fish, salads and local dishes with friends and artists, to explore the area and its laguna by bicycle or on foot, to be guided on sight-seeing tours to hill towns of Istria, to Porec and Rovinj, to take refreshing swims in the villa’s pool or in the Adriatic Sea, and to marvel at the amazing sunsets every night. Thank you, wonderful Mario, for creating and organizing such a great workshop for us! I hope that our paths cross again.”