I have been an artist for over 30 years. My art technique is reflective of my studies of classical Italian oil painting under the direction of Maestro Gigi Wanvestraut, of Vanart Studio in Naples, Italy.
My artwork is reminiscent of old world Italian paintings, as I use techniques typical of the Scuola di Posillipo and Caravaggio.
I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in art history. My courses included studies in Florence (Renaissance art), Rome (Baroque art), Brussels (Flemish art), Amsterdam (Van Gogh and Dutch artists), Paris (Picasso and contemporary 20th century artists) as well as works by artists in southern Italy. While most of my studies are in European art, I have a love of the American art and am familiar with many of the well known American artists. I lived in Italy for five years, where I studied and received a degree focused in art history. I have studied in Florence, Rome, Siena, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels.
I also worked in Pompeii for four seasons assisting in archaelogical studies of the ancient ruins while studying the frescoes and mosaics and doing field drawings.
All of this training and experience helped me to become an excellent teacher of art and art history. Learning is not a spectator's sport, and for those that are willing to open their minds and turn off the television, the end results are very fulfilling.
I am a very patient teacher. I understand how frustrating art can be, but I can also help you to see and understand the steps to enjoying art.
In art history, I can help you to understand what to look for in art. If you are having problems understanding what a professor is looking for, or if you're just looking for guidance in writing papers, I can show you how to conduct research and better understand the role of art in history.
Let me bring my love of art and art history to you. Whether it be through teaching you how to paint and draw or by helping you to write an effective essay on art history, I am confident that I can give you what you need to succeed.
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