“Life is not a dress rehearsal” – Christian Giannini (1960 – 1993)
This blog was inspired by some of the titans of the Painting-A-Day movement, especially Julian Merrow- Smith, Duane Keiser, and Abby Ryan. The idea is to paint many small paintings and offer them inexpensively in a democratic manner at auction. While I seldom post anywhere near that often, the idea inspires me to paint more. And as a result to learn more.
I love to travel and paint. The chance to see new places, meet new friends and expand my viewpoint is a gift that I profoundly appreciate.
I can’t travel all the time, so recently I decided to make my home in Rockland, Maine, a beautiful area steeped in history and art.
My focus is on plein air landscape and figurative painting, but I am also involved in public art and the restoration of visual art in architectural settings. I have worked on historical restorations of large-scale decorations and murals in many major secular and religious buildings, working on over twenty different projects, including three state capitals, several cathedrals, and for the White House. Besides my mural own projects, I’ve helped executed several large Richard Haas outdoor murals.
In the past, I have resided and painted in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, traveled and painted throughout SE Asia, visited Australia and Bali, and in 2013 made a long painting trip to Rome and southern Italy to begin a journey to connect to my Italian roots, where I hold a second citizenship.
I grew up in Chicago studying at the American Academy of Art, Chicago’s Palette and Chisel Art Club, and later at The Lyme Academy of Fine Art, In Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Always, I pursue my lifelong love of plein-air painting as well as working on studio and mural pieces. I’m actively seeking commissions and representation.