I have traveled to Italy every year since 1991. My first interest was to learn about my heritage. Gradually, however, I became more and more interested in the 20th-century master Giorgio Morandi, who lived and painted most of his life in Bologna. Morandi has been called "a painter's painter." His subtle, seemingly repetitive still lifes are universal and particular at once: They are deliberately stripped of recognizable detail, but they are painted in the subdued, earthy colors of Bologna.