I received my primary art training at the Florence Academy of Art, in Florence Italy. The academy’s teaching methods were modeled after those of the French Academy of the 19th century to revive lost classical painting methods and craft, the foundation of which is ability to see and render nature accurately. At the Florence Academy of Art, I learned visualization methods used by pre-modern artists such as John Singer Sargent. One of those methods is called sight-size, where the painted or drawn image is rendered at the exact size as the image being rendered is seen. Using this method, when painting still lifes or landscapes I almost always work from life. In nature there is infinite variety and beauty, so while I do not attempt to copy everything that is in front of me, I also do not want to ever arbitrarily impose my own will upon the canvas. I try to paint nature as I see it, an always difficult and inspiring task.
When I paint I concentrate on the pure visual impression of the thing in front of me. I try to find the beauty of light and atmosphere. I want my paintings to be truthful renderings of nature but also to resonate with feeling. My paintings involve hours of careful, intense observation. That is the chief joy of this kind of painting, that I can put aside the many distractions of a normal day and focus all of my attention on what I find beautiful.