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On January 1st of 2005 I moved to Italy without speaking a word of Italian. I thought that I was just coming to study drawing for a year at the Florence Academy of Art, but instead I stayed in Florence 6 more years until the fall of 2010 when I moved to Rome.

In Rome I set out learning the city through painting its streets daily. This ongoing project has become my life and greatest passion. The warm light of Rome and its vast layers of history compel me to carry my easel with me everywhere I go. I stop to paint the light hitting a building, a square or the remnants of a Roman aqueduct running through busy traffic. The possibilities are endless and I’m not only excited and inspired, but honored to paint the streets and life of Rome.

I compliment the paintings by writing stories about them, whether it be a personal history or the history of a place where I have painted.

As a member of Rome’s active Urban Sketchers group, I have made some of my greatest friendships here with other artists and sketchers. They also rekindled my love for drawing and sketching.

From this love and freedom found in playing through drawing, I founded Sketching Rome Tours in 2012. Filling a missing need in visiting Italy, I lead 3 hour sketchbook journaling workshops to artists and non alike in an off-the-beaten-track here in the heart of the city. This is a great joy to me and I meet people from all walks of life and get to sketch that much more.

Thank you for your interest in my work and for stopping by.

If you are coming to Rome and would like to meet or see some of my paintings in person, just contact me  to arrange it. Please also feel free to reach out and ask me anything about my work, life in Italy or plein air painting.