ACADEMIC

Anaglyphics
Anaglyphics

c. September 2010 Graphite on Canson Paper, 30x21cm Under Guidance of Jay Blum and Naomi Marino This is a copy of a lithograph from the acclaimed instructional book 'Drawing Course' (Cours de Dessin) by Charles Bargue and Jean-Leon Gérome and is based on a fabled but rare late 19th century Parisian drawing course. Many artists have replicated these lithographs including greats such as Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, and also Vincent Van Gogh who took the course twice to help further his craft.

A Helping Hand
A Helping Hand

c. March 2011 Nitram Académie Fusains Charcoal on Roma Paper, 42x30cm Under Guidance of Juan Pablo Ruiz Carpio This charcoal drawing is modelled on a cast created by Armando Basile, which he humorously named 'La Mano di Leonardo' (The Hand of Leonardo), a title that entices observers into assuming it to be the hand of the great Florentine master Leonardo da ~Vinci. This is in fact a life cast moulded from the hand of the cast maker's nephew Leonardo.

My Problem Child
My Problem Child

c. April 2011 Nitram Académie Fusains Charcoal on Roma Paper, 50x40cm Traditionally accredited to Donatello (1386-1466), following further study in 1869 the bust is now broadly accepted as being attributed to Desiderio. This cast is currently a of the Andrew Mellon Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA.

Philosopher Saint and Wise Man
Philosopher Saint and Wise Man

c. December 2011 Oil on linen, fine weave canvas, 70x50 cm Under Guidance of Jered Woznicki Known both as St. Jerome and as San Benedetto, the true identity and origins of this cast are still disputed today. For me, he was the guide who raised awareness to many of the principals I have learned and since utilised through much of my still life work. It was a real turning point in my quest to train in the academic methods and techniques of the Old Masters.

Magda - Charcoal.jpg
Magda - Charcoal.jpg

c. November 2011 Nitram Académie Fusains Charcoal on Firenze Paper, 70x55cm Under Guidance of Jered Woznicki This is a life drawing of a close friend using comparative measurement and the classical method. My model for this piece, Magdalena, was a Polish student of photography and communications in Florence.

Aperitivo
Aperitivo

c. March 2012 Oil on linen, fine weave canvas, 50x35 cm Under Guidance of Jered Woznicki My final project at Angel Academy in Florence, Italy, following almost two years of study. I faced a number of challenges in completing this painting, notably the strict time constraints resulting from the perishable nature of the items. The olives would continuously change in colour and texture, becoming unrecognisable, withering and blackening in a matter of hours under the intense Florentine climate.

Globetrotter
Globetrotter

c. February 2012 Oil on linen, fine weave canvas, 70x50 cm Under Guidance of Jered Woznicki This is my first still life rendered using classical methods in the Tenebrist style (the dramatic illuminated style of Caravaggio) and using powerful contrasts of light and dark. The image depicts a composition of items that reflect my personal experiences and discovery of the Renaissance masters through my artistic journey in Italy.

Innocent Philosophy
Innocent Philosophy

c. August 2012 Oil on linen, fine weave canvas, 50x70 cm Under Guidance of Cesar Santos This is a painting of a young Belgian woman. I done this during my visit to Brugge. Throughout the time she was modelling she was studying for a philosophy exam.