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February 24, 1969

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
2008 Fellowship, 2nd Annual Hudson River School of Landscape - Jacob Collins, Instructor
2008 Finalist, 3 of my paintings awarded - 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
2009 - 2011 San Francisco Academy of Art University Graduate Fine Art Program
2002 - 2008 Director of Anatomy, The Florence Academy of Art
1999 - 2002 The Atelier School of Classical Realism

Since 2002 I had been the Florence Academy of Art's Director of Anatomy where I taught artistic anatomy, Écorché, painting, and drawing. 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.

Écorché is a course I developed for the FAA. I teach my students to sculpt in clay an anatomical flayed figure beginning with the skeleton.

I’ve also hosted a number of workshops both in Boston and New York for the Academy of Realist Art Boston (Cindy MacMillan – Director) and the Grand Central Academy (Jacob Collins – Director) in 2010 and 2011.


Group Shows
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.

A group exhibition focusing on realist artists academically trained here in Italy who can 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
1. Wurster, Lisa. “Beyond Skin Deep.” The Artist’s Magazine Jan/Feb. 2011: 44-53
2. Steinhart, Peter. Undressed Art: Why We Draw. Alfred A. Knopf, 2004
3. Ross, Fred."Hockney's Secret Knowledge Refuted." ARC Article, 2003
4. Phillips, A'Dora."Classical Approaches to the Teaching of Drawing."
__American Artist Magazine Sept. 2001: 52-61.


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