- Chianti Classico, the place, is as delectable as Chianti Classico, the wine. The first mention of the Chianti region, south of Florence, dates to the latter 13th century. In 1719, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, by ducal decree, established the boundaries of the region in which Chianti wine could be produced. Time and world demand for the product has extended the region beyond the Grand Duke's initial design, generating a debate among purists as to the true borders of Chianti Classico. Regardless, it is the allure and romance of the land that is the soul of both the wine and place. "On my first couple of trips to Italy, I would head south from Florence on Strada del Chianti Classico, the main route into the region," says June Carey. "Each time, I ended up at this ancient farmhouse. I would get off the Strada at different places and meander in different directions, but I would always seem to be delivered to this spot. Florence is so beautiful and so Italian, but once you arrive here you say 'This is it. Chianti Classico.'"
- The Artist
- Born in Takoma, Maryland, June enjoyed many hours with her family visiting The Smithsonian and The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. In 1984 she began painting full-time. As a self-taught artist she says "I just learned everything the hard way."
June has recieved numerous awards for her California landscapes and coastal scenes, including the Arts for the Parks Region II Award in 1997 and 1998. Like many Californians, June started out on the East Coast. As a teenager, she came to California. In the 1980s Carey found herself painting desert scenes and became known for this, and participating in a lot of Western art shows and competitions. Then she met her husband David Thimgan, a historical Marine artist. The two began to enjoy frequent trips to the beautiful northern California coast together and before long June began painting vineyards as well as water.
"A large part of what drives me to paint is a passion to create a place I want to be. No place on earth is more inviting to me than the wine country of Northern California. The vineyards I paint become mine." - June Carey
June is a Fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists and an Artist Member of the Californian Art Club.