Classical Art Tutor, European and Italian Art History.
Classical Art Tutor, European and Italian Art History.
Growing up in the New Orleans area, I was the child of an artistic family. My grandfather, a prominent New Orleans artist, and my mother, also an artist, instilled a sense of defining a dream by making it visible. My father, a philosopher in his own right, entreated me with a mantra of “Follow your bliss”. This created a culture in which art was considered a staple of life and not an addendum. I knew early on that this was the fabric of my life. My artistic talents lead to a...
Growing up in the New Orleans area, I was the child of an artistic family. My grandfather, a prominent New Orleans artist, and my mother, also an artist, instilled a sense of defining a dream by making it visible. My father, a philosopher in his own right, entreated me with a mantra of “Follow your bliss”. This created a culture in which art was considered a staple of life and not an addendum. I knew early on that this was the fabric of my life. My artistic talents lead to a career as an architectural designer and artist.
Living in Naples, Italy for 5 years, I traveled extensively, obtaining a degree in art history while studying Renaissance art, Baroque art, contemporary masters and Flemish art throughout Europe. I also attained a diploma in classical Italian painting in Naples, Italy under the direction of Maestro Luigi Wanvestraut, of Vanart Studio. It was with great delight that I was also able to take part in archaeological studies in Pompeii, Stabiae, Herculaneum and Oplontis, which enabled a deeper understanding of the enormous need for the conservation and preservation of art and architecture at these historic sites.
My work today is a reflection and a celebration of all that I’ve experienced throughout my life time. While there is great satisfaction in my works, there is always that sense of insatiable curiosity of the Mediterranean that haunts me and drives my work to continuously evolve.
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. Whether you are just beginning, a student needing some guidance or an artist looking to learn new techniques, I can help you achieve your desires.
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.
My work evolves from my thoughts on humanity’s inexplicable draw to the creation of art in the Mediterranean world. My ideas are a meditation on the influences of great societies that recognized art not merely as a legacy but as a way of elevating the consciousness of all peoples through expression, creating new ways in which we see the world. I look to capture the essence of the mystery that brings the viewer in contact with the past, an expression of a thought that is centuries if not millennia old.
I have two predominant galleries of work, my “Vesuvius” collection and my “Antique Mediterranean” collection.
A passionate interest in classical history has lead me to create my Vesuvian works. These are inspired by my archeological studies in the ancient ruins of Pomeii. In these paintings I seek to capture the serenity and mysterious beauty that abides within the art and ruins there. I also strive to draw attention to the need to study and conserve these works for future generations.
My antique Mediterranean work embodies my love of the Mediterranean culture and life. In these I explore art made
famous by artists of the 17th and 18th century concentrating on techniques used by Italian masters such as Caravaggio and Gentileschi. I also enjoy creating landscapes in the style of the School of Posillipo. The art of this era represented vistas and vignettes of idyllic romanticism celebrated by aristocrats on the Grand Tour of Southern Europe. It is this essence of idyllic romanticism that captivates my imagination and serves as my constant muse.
Thus I do not strive to create puzzles or to compose complicated statements with my work but only to give the viewer a rare moment to dream of days “under the shadow of Vesuvius”.
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