Art is my son in law.
He lives with my daughter Melanie in Montreal.

And above all, Art is Italian. No matter where he lives, Italy is his ancestral home and he supports Roma and he digs strong espresso and telling waiters in Italian restaurants how he wants his Prosciutto prepared in fluent Italian. And he digs biting into real buffalo mozzarella and feeling the milk drool down his chin… and most of all, he digs going back to his ancestral town of Ventosa outside of Cassino in southern Italy and showing his dad in law first hand and and in person, and emphatically, how his family’s history made him the amazing guy he is today.

This picture was taken of Art in the yard of the home that was his father’s family home since the beginning of time. His pride shows in his face, and that’s why I dig this portrait of him even though he’s gonna kick my butt for posting it and ask me why I didn’t just do a nice one of him cuddling my daughter.

Sorry Art, it just comes with the package.
You are art. Whether you dig it or not.
Massive Italian style hugs 2U!


italy, billyboy, monochrome, ventosa


  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerrover 3 years ago

    LOL ..reading this .. great portrait .. and it says a hell of alot about the person .. nice one ..

  • Thanks Raymondo.
    Art and Melanie found each other on the internet. The most amazing cross-continental fairytale of true love in history.
    Cheers for feeling the depth of character that I saw in this!

    – billyboy

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 3 years ago

    Oh, Billy … I LOVE ART!!!!!!! I love the image … there’s EVERYTHING you described in his face and in his ancestral home’s image … what a wonderful glimpse into a wonderful young man’s heart!!!!!!!

  • Hiya lois!
    Melanie loves him too, and that’s why I thought I should take a totally soul searching BW of him in his native habitat and try to find out what makes him tick. Was pretty cool with what I found.
    Cheers for feeling it too, and thanks for the fave!

    – billyboy

  • Conoro
    Conoroover 3 years ago

    I think your photograph, description and Art are stunning Bill :-) How wonderful it is to find a REAL human being, one filled with passion, familial pride and a great lust for life! Art has just topped my list of favourite people :-)

  • Top of yer list? That’s pretty strong accolade!
    All you gotta do is say you support Roma and yer def gonna end up on top of his!!
    Thanx for the smiles & the fave!

    – billyboy

  • thefunkster
    thefunksterover 3 years ago

    Great picture but I can’t wait to see Art’s response! Come on Art, what do you think?

  • Yeah Art, where ya hiding?
    Your new fan club’s waiting…!

    – billyboy

  • … and cheers for the fave xo!

    – billyboy

  • David  Howarth
    David Howarthover 3 years ago

    Mate i love this. Does exactly what it says on the Tin. Bravo.
    Just got back from Rome myself and was blow away!!

  • So, that means you actually survived the Italian drivers?
    Thanks for stopping by and reading the label!

    – billyboy

  • mikepaulhamus
    mikepaulhamusover 3 years ago

    bb, your son in law has too luv ya, too funny…lol great read, also can’t wait to hear response, it’s all good luv it.

  • Thanx Mike. He probably DID luv me… till he saw this picture:-)

    – billyboy

  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayover 3 years ago

    Hey bb, great shot and wonderfully loving narrative…last time we saw Art he was in a tux;)

  • Hi Shanina!
    Thanks for the compliment. And yeah, he looked pretty sharp in that tux… but I think the Italia track suit top will ultimately follow him to heaven:-)

    – billyboy

  • TextureoftheSin
    TextureoftheSinover 3 years ago

    Gotta love Italians!

  • Amen to that!

    – billyboy

  • Iodine
    Iodineover 3 years ago

    Awwwww, a sweet story and a lovely photograph.

  • Thanx Paula. Hope he likes it… don`t actually think he`s seen it yet. Got a feeling he just might projectile spray his morning espresso straight into his monitor when he does:-))

    – billyboy

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 3 years ago

    Great natural portrait and it could not get more Italian then this :) thanks for describing him in detail,guess he could be a lot of fun to be with.

  • You guess he could be fun to be with??
    Hans, if you could have been a fly on the wall at his stag party , your wings would still be convulsing (that Grey Goose was wicked stuff!!)
    Thanks for stopping by and feeling the Vibrazione italiana!

    – billyboy

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