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Born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Brookline, I earned a degree in Art History from Brandeis University and have studied painting and drawing extensively with Jason Polins, Dennis Cheaney, Timothy Stotz, and Michelle Tully. I attended conceptart.org workshops in Montreal and Seattle as well as the first Illustration Master Class at Amherst College. Brief visits to Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Kyoto, Antwerp, New York, Paris, Yellowstone and Badlands National Park have helped instill a deep reverence for natural and cultural heritage.

Among other things, I love: Black Metal, Baroque Ensembles, Antiquarian Books, Catholic Orthodoxy, Letterpress Printing, Typography, Museums, Libraries, Saddleback Leather Co., and NBA Basketball. A recent interest has been the study of the Bhagavad Gita.

I have always been passionate about art, but it…

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  • Joined November 21, 2007

About

Born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Brookline, I earned a degree in Art History from Brandeis University and have studied painting and drawing extensively with Jason Polins, Dennis Cheaney, Timothy Stotz, and Michelle Tully. I attended conceptart.org workshops in Montreal and Seattle as well as the first Illustration Master Class at Amherst College. Brief visits to Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Kyoto, Antwerp, New York, Paris, Yellowstone and Badlands National Park have helped instill a deep reverence for natural and cultural heritage.

Among other things, I love: Black Metal, Baroque Ensembles, Antiquarian Books, Catholic Orthodoxy, Letterpress Printing, Typography, Museums, Libraries, Saddleback Leather Co., and NBA Basketball. A recent interest has been the study of the Bhagavad Gita.

I have always been passionate about art, but it wasn't until I found out about traditional painting ateliers when I was 18 that I gradually moved away from fantasy and imaginative art, and focused on pursuing an optical approach to the study of nature.

It is by painting and drawing from life that I am furnished with a perception of reality that quite often leaves me speechless--so profoundly beautiful, harmonious, and unexpected are the things that I am being taught to see in nature, that I was led to the contemplation of God in search of answers to these mysteries. Louis of Granada has recently provided the grounds for an answer:

"But if, in this land of death inhabited by mortal beings, so much beauty and perfection are found, what must be the splendor and magnificence of that heavenly country whose inhabitants will live forever?"

If the beauties of nature are the work of God, then sharing my appreciation of such beauty with the utmost sincerity is my primary aim, in order that each new painting will better represent a glimpse of that heavenly beauty which is to come.


[Art Education]:

2010 Studio Escalier 12-week Summer Intensive in Argenton-Château, France
2009 Studio Escalier 10-week Autumn Intensive in Argenton-Château, France
2008 Vergilian Society Summer Tour “In the Footsteps of Poets and Painters, Proletarians and Princes: Rediscovering the Bay of Naples in Greek and Roman Times"
2008 Conceptart.org workshop in Seattle, WA
2008 Illustration Master Class in Amherst, MA
2007 Studio Escalier 12-week Summer Intensive in Argenton-Château, France
2006 Conceptart.org workshop in Montréal, QC
2005-2009 Jason Polins weekly classes in Somerville, MA
2005-2009 Brandeis University, Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art
2005-2008 New England Realist Art Center weekly classes with Dennis Cheaney in Boston, MA

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