A landscape in Umbria, with rich vegetation and different tones of grey, has been source of inspiration for this series. I wanted to capture the deep calm and peace of such a landscape where man can forget about his self, absorbed both by beauty and tranquility, in perfect accord with nature. On the other hand I wanted to add to this scene a contradictory and symbolic trace. The apparent tranquility of this naturalistic landscape is disturbed by the uneasy path through the forest. The pawns symbolize platitude whereas butterflies are a symbol of freedom. Pawns and butterflies series is worked in oil painting technique on canvas.