My name is Sandra Langston, and I live near the small town of Bernalda in Basilicata, in the south of Italy. After living in Austin, Texas for my formative years, I came here in 1981 with a group of people who were touring Europe to see many sites so important to the history of art, and I enjoyed it so much I decided to come back. I abandoned graduate school and found a job as an artist with the University of Texas, working on an ongoing archaeological dig at Pantanello, an experimental farm which lies atop thousands of years of strata attesting to human activities over the ages. I met my future husband within a week of my arrival, and continued to return for longer and longer periods of time until we finally married and set up house. Both of my children were born here, and they carry on the tradition of living in two places simultaneously, both physically and emotionally. Although I no longer do archaeological work here, I fell into my career as a painter at last when I found this landscape and a life with less distraction. I love puttering out here in the country, traveling, leading my life both here and in the United States. I consider myself to be blessed in many ways.
“Verso Craco” oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches, 2008