EducationThe Florence Academy of Art
I have been painting portraits and the figure for over 10 years now. My abilities really took off in 2005 when I enrolled in a traditional oil painting school in Florence, Italy. There I studied at the Florence Academy of Art and the Angel Academy. I also spent a summer apprenticing with the renowned painter and new "Old Master" Odd Nerdrum in Stavern, Norway, in 2008. From 2010-2012 I studied with Robert Liberace at the Art League in Old Town Alexandria. Some of my awards include placing second in the Portrait Society Of America's Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. I have also been a Finalist several years in a row for still life and portrait painting in the Art Renewal Center's (ARC) Annual Salon Competition. I have also been a two-time recipient of the ARC's Scholarship Competition, a double recipient of the Stacey Scholarship (Museum of the Cowboy) and awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant twice. Since 2010 I have resided in the Washington D.C. area where I paint full time. Travel and an appreciation of art from the past ages fuels my art and I try to get out and see the world. Most recently I went on a four month long tour of Europe to see art museums. Since returning to the Washington D.C. area I have been focusing on creating a new and large body of work. My new series have taken me away from academic studies to more elaborate compositions which combine human and still life elements. In addition to this I now take on portrait commissions, and continue my studies in art by observing and copying the painting of the Old Masters in art galleries throughout the world.