Kline found his muse—the city of Venice—in a rather roundabout way. He studied Italian Renaissance painting and trained in studio art before moving to New York in the 1980s. After developing his abstract style, he traveled to Venice, where he would return again and again in the two decades that followed. Like great painters before him, he was awed by the unique quality of color and light there. And the task of properly expressing it, working long hours in his studio in upstate New York, has turned out to be one of the more satisfying challenges of his career to date.