2002 – 2007 Florence Academy of Art
1998 – 1999 Florence Academy of Art
1996 – 1998 The Atelier School of Classical Realism. Instructor, David Whittaker Hardy, III.
1995 – 2000 California College of Arts and Crafts. Graduated with honors.

Scholarships, Grants and Awards

2011 Finalist. Two of my paintings awarded by the Gualala Arts Center.
2011 Finalist. Figurative Category. Art Renewal Center Salon.
2008 “Fellowship. 2nd Annual Hudson River School of Landscape. Jacob Collins, Instructor.”
2008 “Finalist. Three of my paintings awarded by The Artist’s Magazine 25th Annual Art Competition.”
2008 “Gold Florin. In recognition for my contribution to the students of the Florence Academy of Art. Daniel Graves, Director.”
2006 Best Figure Painting. Florence Academy of Art (Porta Romana Studio).
2004 Fourth Place Purchase Award, Art Renewal Center.
2001 First Place Scholarship. Round 2, Art Renewal Center.
2001 The Stacey Scholarship.

Teaching Experience

2011 – Present Founder, Director, and Instructor for the Golden Gate Atelier.
2009 – 2011 Instructor for the San Francisco Academy of Art, University Graduate Fine Art Program.
2002 – 2008 Director of Anatomy, The Florence Academy of Art.

At the Florence Academy of Art, I taught artistic anatomy, Écorché, painting, and drawing. I developed the Écorché course there at that school where my students where taught to sculpt an anatomical flayed figure in clay beginning with the skeleton.

Since my return from Florence, I continue to teach anatomy and offer the Écorché course once a year to my students at the Golden Gate Atelier. This course is also open to the public.

1999-2002 The Atelier School of Classical Realism

I’ve taught a number of workshops over the years in Oregon (Ashland Art Center), Boston (Academy of Realist Art Boston), New York (The Grand Central Academy) and Oklahoma (The Conservatory for Classical Art). I’ve also taught numerous summer workshops for the Florence Academy of Art in Techniques of the Renaissance Masters, Portraiture, and An Academic Approach to Figure Painting. In 2016, I had the wonderful opportunity to conduct a two-week intensive figure painting workshop in Geneva, Switzerland.


Group Shows

2017 Fresh Voices of Realism, Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, Texas.
2015 Figurative Invitational Exhibition, Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon.
2015 Nude: A Figure Drawing Exhibition. Eleventh Street Arts. Long Island City, New York.
2014 The Founders Show. Arte Verissima Gallery. Oakland, California.
2011 Portraits. Gualala Arts Center Burnett Gallery. Gualala, California.
2011 “Classical Portraiture: Three American Artists Trained in Florence. Artist Museum of Los Gatos. Los Gatos, California.”
2010 Grand Opening. Llewellyn Gallery. Forestville, California.
2010 The Group Show. Arte Verissima Gallery. Oakland, California.
2009 Classical Realism. W. H. Patterson Gallery. London, England.
2008 “Ten Years: Ten Year Anniversary Show. Grenning Gallery. Sag Harbor, New York.”
2008 “The Third Annual Florence Academy of Art Exhibition. W. H. Patterson Gallery. London, England. “
2007 La Reazione Del Vero. Pisa (Santa Croce sull’Arno), Italy.

This was a group exhibition centering on realist artists academically trained in Italy who trace their lineage back to Filadelfo Simi (19th century Italian painter who was a student of Gerome in Paris). Of the works featured, one artist in particular was Annigonni (A 20th century Italian painter and famous for his portrait of Queen Elizabeth).

2007 The Second Annual Florence Academy of Art Exhibition. W. H. Patterson Gallery. London, England.
2006 The Florence Academy of Art Second Annual Alumni Exhibition. Corsini Palace. Florence, Italy.

Publications and Articles

Trippi, Peter. “Ateliers Today: A New Renaissance?” Fine Art Connoisseur Dec. 2012: 77-79

Wurster, Lisa. “Beyond Skin Deep.” The Artist’s Magazine Jan/Feb. 2011: 44-53

Steinhart, Peter. Undressed Art: Why We Draw. Alfred A. Knopf, 2004

Ross, Fred. “Hockney’s Secret Knowledge Refuted.” ARC Article, 2003

Phillips, A’Dora. “Classical Approaches to the Teaching of Drawing.” American Artist Magazine Sept. 2001: 52-61.