I created this #1 of 1 NFT image, The glory of La Serenissima, using AI generative art tool, Conjure.art. I used a line from my thriller novel, Stone of Fire, about Venice combined with one of my images from a research trip to the city.
I used this line from my thriller, Stone of Fire, as a prompt. “Even in the muted light from the street lamps, it was a kaleidoscope of multicolored marble. Each pillar supporting the church was a different kind of stone, sourced from around the world to demonstrate the glory of La Serenissima, the Venetian republic.”
I used one of my photos of St Mark's Basilica from a book research trip to the city and remixed it with a number of filters to produce the ultimate result.
In Stone of Fire, my characters Morgan and Jake go to Venice to investigate where Pope Pius X might have kept a powerful relic of the early church. They explore St Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace by night.
As part of my book research, I've visited the city several times — with varying levels of success! In a solo episode on my Books and Travel Podcast, I talk about Myth and Reality, Beauty and Decay, based on my trips to Venice. The transcript includes more photos, including some for a magical visit to the Biennale in 2017 when we saw Damien Hirst's Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable.