PSOA Member’s Only Competition and Equos

Some good news! My bronze sculpture Equos was selected a Finalist in the Animals as Subject Category at the 2018 Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition.  

Equos, bronze, 24cm x 18cm x 8cm

Equos is part of my Christmas sale.  The piece is sold but orders will be accepted at the sale price until December 20th.  

Traditional Methods in Metal Finishing Course

Ceres, bronze, life-size

In a unique collaboration, artist Matthew James Collins and Maestro Fabrizio Cipriani will be offering a series of courses for sculpture, repoussé and metal chasing.  Lessons will be held in the Collins’ historic 19th century studio, once the home of the Florentine master Michele Gordigiani.

Modelling the figure and portrait are available.  The metalsmithing classes will introduce the student to the materials and techniques of the venerable art of metal working.  Students of all levels are welcome.

Ceres in progress


In una collaborazione unica, l’artista Matthew James Collins e il Maestro Fabrizio Cipriani offriranno una serie di corsi per scultura, repoussé e cesello. Le lezioni si terranno nello storico studio del XIX secolo di Collins, un tempo dimora del maestro fiorentino Michele Gordigiani.

Sono disponibili lezioni per modellare la figura e il ritratto. Le lezioni di repoussé e cesello introdurranno lo studente ai materiali e alle tecniche della venerabile arte della lavorazione dei metalli. Gli studenti di tutti i livelli sono ben accetti.


For more information please fill out the contact form below:

Weekend Figure Drawing and Painting

Anais, graphite, 50cm x 70cm

I will be offering afternoon weekend figure drawing and painting in my north light studio in Florence, Italy starting in December.  Poses will last a month.  There will be the maximum of 6 places.  Monthly and per session rates available.  For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact me via email or the contact form below.







Joan of Arc

My painting of Joan of Arc is currently participating in the Saint Vincent Gallery’s Seventh Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition.

The Biennial Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition was established in 2001 by the late Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B. His untiring pursuit to cultivate and revive the Sacred Arts was the catalyst for the creation of this Competition and Exhibition. Br. Nathan wanted to give artists who engage Catholic subject matter an opportunity to dialogue with the Church and pastors in the hope of creating new, original artworks for churches and liturgical spaces. For the third Competition and Exhibition, famed British art historian Sister Wendy Beckett served as judge. She praised Br. Nathan’s endeavors, noting that, “Artists often come to understand their faith by the actual creation of artworks. We need these artworks, these attempts by artists known or unknown, to share with us their understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Would that there were hundreds of Brother Nathans in all countries!”

Since its inception, the Competition and Exhibition has received national attention and has blossomed with global interest, spurring submissions and artworks for exhibition from South America to all across Europe. The competition has worked to foster a relationship between artists working in the Catholic Arts.

World-renowned and acclaimed jurors working in the areas of sacred art and art history have brought their expertise to the Competition and Exhibition. Past jurors include: Dr. Frima Fox Hofrichter, an art historian specializing in Baroque and Rococo; Duncan G. Stroik, an architect and professor working in classical and sacred architecture; Sr. Wendy Beckett, an art historian and BBC personality; Dr. John T. Spike, an expert in Renaissance and Baroque art who directs and curates the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary; Janet McKenzie, an artist working in sacred art; and Dr. Denis R. McNamara, an architectural historian specializing in the theology of liturgical art at the Liturgical Institute at the University of Saint Mary on the Lake, Mundelein.”

Poets Artists Daniel Maidman November Instagram Picks

I am pleased to be included among Daniel Maidman’s Instagram Picks for November on Poets & Artists Magazine’s website.  A link to the collection can be found here.

My Teaching Atelier Opens this November

I am happy to announce that I will be opening a teaching atelier in my new studio in Florence, Italy.  A wide range of study options will be available to students of all levels.

Full time study is organized in a classical atelier environment emphasizing a personalized development made possible by a concentrated class size: maximum enrollment of 4.  An interdisciplinary approach is encouraged.  In addition to the standard curriculum, students will have opportunity to pursue artistic anatomy, composition, sculpture and printmaking.

Throughout the year, short courses, weekend classes and workshops will explore specific historic techniques such as: sight size oil portraiture, fresco painting, pastel painting and portrait sculpture.  Visiting internationally known figurative artists will be invited to teach workshops as well.

The space is quite special.  It is purpose built 19th Century historic studio constructed for the Florentine painter Michele Gordigiani.  His famous pupil, Giovanni Boldini also worked in the same space where students will complete their projects under natural north light.

For more information please visit my course page here.















Fresco Painting Courses in Florence


Self Portrait of Giovanni di San Giovanni, fresco painting on support, Uffizi Gallery, Florence.


I will be organizing ongoing fresco painting courses and private lessons in Florence, Italy.  Students will learn about one of the most durable mediums for painting: fresco.  The full process will be explored including: the preparation of the support, colors and cartoon. Taking advantage of the unique abundance of fresco painting in Florence, site visits to various chapels, churches and museums will enlighten the student to the aesthetic possibilities offered by this wonderful medium.

Please email me for more information or fill out the contact form below:


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