Merry Christmas!

xmass 2017

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Here are some images from a life size nativity scene that I created for the church of Sant’ Ambrogio from awhile back.  The post about that wonderful project can be found here.

1 presepe
Front view of Sant’ Ambrogio presepe
2 presepe
Side view of presepe
4 presepe copy
Detail of the Madonna

New Works Available at Michael LaConte Gallery

Three Goddesses, oil on linen, 40cm x 60cm

I have some new works available at the Michael LaConte Gallery in Chicago.  They include a couple of still life paintings and plein air landscape sketches.  To learn more follow the link here.

sunset over sapri
Sunset over Sapri, oil on linen mounted on board, 20cm x 30cm



A Dream Incarnate: Italian Landscapes and Portraits


This summer I will be having a show of my Italian landscapes and portraits. Kindy hosted by the Oak Park Public Library it will be up for the month of July.  Entitled The Dream Incarnate, the work represents my experience in Italy through a visual interpretation of the places and people that have inspired me.  It opens Saturday, July 8th.

For more information about the show please follow the link here.

Below is a selection from the works that will be represented.


Premio Arte Laguna Show to Open

Consolation of Philosophy
The Consolation of Philosophy, oil on linen, 60cm x 80cm

Premio Arte Laguna, the international competition and show, will open its 11th edition this Saturday, March 25th.  My picture shown above was selected a finalist in the painting section.  The opening is open to the public and more information can be found in the link.


Four Week Oil Portrait Painting Course at Charles Cecil Studios in Florence

Students at work in the studio
Students at work in the studio

I just wrapped up my 4 week oil portrait painting course for the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy.  It was a great group and everyone made a lot of progress.  Above is a not so good photo of one of the two studios in action.   Basically the course is a condensed experience of the normal full-time 2 year course.   The students start out with a bit of cast drawing before working directly from models in charcoal and oil.  The sight-size method ,as it was originally intended, is used create life-size portraits under natural light with a historical limited palette.  The class size is limited to 10 students.

The great challenge is the ‘reprogramming’ of the student’s expectations of the portrait painting course.  The goal is not to walk away with several pretty oil sketches.    Ultimately, the emphasis is developing observation skills and the student’s ‘eye.’  The fundamentals of charcoal and oil technique are covered and explored.  In this visual approach to image making the shapes are evolved directly on the canvas.   The resulting work often lacks polish but honestly reveals a diligent study from nature.  Hopefully the student leaves with a basic knowledge of important principles that will guide them in their future work.

Below is a progress shot of one of the paintings that I worked on during the course.  It is a detail of the 50cm x 60cm.  I hope to finish it this September.

Detail of Zambi Exile, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm
Detail of Zambi Exile, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm

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