I was born on the Canadian prairies, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, to parents of Italian and Portuguese origin. My route through life has been circuitous, leading me from a Fine Arts Degree at the University of Calgary in the late 1980ís to an Education Degree at the University of British Columbia, followed by six adventurous years teaching art to grade school students.

In the late 1990's, I was swept forward towards a world I had earlier only dreamed of. Seeking to broaden my skills as a painter, my interest deeply rooted in figurative work, I left home to learn the traditions of my craft in the historical heartland of classical figurative painting, Florence.

In Florence, I discovered the work of Michael John Angel who had studied with noted Italian master figurative painter Pietro Annigoni. Angel's life work was to resurrect the academic traditions of 19th-century French schools and invest them with a contemporary flavor. I spent several years studying and teaching at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence completing diplomas in Drawing and Painting.

In 2009 Ė 2010, I attended a new program at The European University/Pontifical Athenaeum, 'Regina Apostolorum' in Rome. This Masters in Architecture, Sacred Art and Liturgy was developed by a number of top international artists, architects and priests in response to Pope Benedictís call for a renewal of the liturgy. Geared specifically towards artists and architects, courses covered a number of areas including, philosophy, theology and history, training students in the Grand Catholic Traditions.

Currently I spend my time between Canada and Europe teaching, completing commissions and preparing works for a show sometime in the near future.