About the Artist
When I was a young child, my Italian grandfather built small shrines in his gardens as a means of protecting his crops. Small birdhouses were perched on poles like holy scarecrows, and the statuary of saints and the Virgin Mary dwelled in their interiors. This memory, along with my Italian heritage and love of the rural land, has influenced my art making. I consider myself to be a visual storyteller who paints narratives and small tableaux. I have drawn inspiration from such masters of narrative as Botticelli, Giotto and Fra Angelico, who painted elegant vignettes pertaining to the lives of the saints and deity. Because I love the natural world, I have opted to use egg tempera (dried pigments mixed with egg yolk and water). It takes a lot of concentration for me to paint small strokes of color, as I have neurological symptoms from autoimmunity and post-Lyme. Despite this handicap, I aspire to presenting these small tributes to nature.