Where does the name “Tatutina” come from?
Tatutina is a term of endearment or nickname that Salvatore made up for Barbara, while they were living in Italy. A common nickname for Salvatore in Italian is Sasa, however Barbara decided to call him “Tata,” since he was so tall and handsome, and she loves to be funny. He adapted his nickname by making it feminine and adding “little” at the end; that is how he started calling her, Tatutina.
At this time, Barbara was also starting her career as an artist and creator, even though she didn’t know how it would all evolve. She was in love and inspired by the Amalfi Coast along the Mediterranean Sea. The colorful houses, the village scenes and the beautiful coast lines were easy for her to paint onto canvas. Instead of signing her work as Barbara, she would use tatutina and so began her career, her work and her creations.