My Story

I was born in Vicenza, Italy on an American army base. Throughout my childhood and early teens I moved more than a dozen times in the United States and in Europe. And I got to visit Venice, Rome, Florence, Heidelberg, Munich, and Pisa. The experience of seeing art by Italian Renaissance painters had a formative influence on me. I studied art at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and went on to earn art degrees at three universities — Louisiana State University, Purdue, and Queens College in New York. 

I married my high school sweetheart Melissa. We raised two children and moved from New Orleans to Boise in the ’90s. 

I’ve continually worked on art throughout my career, exhibiting mostly in Boise and New Orleans, but also in Indianapolis, Virginia Beach and New York City. In 2010, Melissa and I banded together with a small group of local Boise artists including Will Spearman, Amber Daley and Penny Lea Mackie, and we formed the Treasure Valley Artists Alliance. My  involvement in TVAA broadened my exposure to and collaboration with the visual arts community in Boise and give me a deeper understanding of the work and the needs of other artists.

My Accomplishments

Selected solo exhibitions

  • August 2017 Ghost Hunting Evermore Prints, Boise, Idaho
  • May 2016 Houseghosts Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 2013 Coming Into View Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans
  • August 2011 Thresholds  The Linen Building Gallery, Boise, Idaho
  • May 2009 Making Room for the Muse Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans
  • May 2006 Angels in the House Carol Robinson Gallery 
  • May 2003 A Touch of Blue Carol Robinson Gallery 

Selected group exhibitions

  • 2017 Black Elk: Lakota Warrior, Mighty Visionary, invitational exhibition, Canyon Crossroads Museum at Celebration Park, Melba, Idaho
  • 2016 Mystery Sonatas, collaborative exhibition and musical performance with Kate Withrow, violinist, Marigny Opera House, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2016 Artists of Faith, Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans
  • 2016 This American Life, Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance
  • 2015 Cuisine Art, Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance
  • 2015 Hunting & Gathering, Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance
  • 2014 Foray IV, Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance
  • 2014 WaterWorks, juried exhibition, Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance, Nampa, Idaho
  • 2014 Four Eyes, Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance
  • 2014 Metamorphosis, Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance
  • 2013 Foray III, Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance
  • 2013 Local Color: Boise 15 juried exhibition, Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance
  • 2013 What the World Needs Now, Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance
  • 2012 Silver Linings, Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance
  • 2012 Leftovers traveling exhibition, Wharepuke, New Zealand
  • 2012 Text Messages Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance
  • 2011 Double Take Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance
  • 2011 Complements Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance
  • 2009 Artists of Faith Carol Robinson Gallery
  • 2003 Frameworks Old Courthouse Art Center, Woodstock, Illinois
  • 2000 Spirit of the Djembe invitational, ArtSource Gallery, Boise
  • 1998 Draw, Paint, Man, Woman with Melissa Chambers, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
  • 1998 Treasure Valley Juried Art Exhibit Boise State University
  • 1995 Issues of Diversity juried exhibition, Boise State University

Public Art 

  • 2018 Traffic Control Box at the corner of Main and 23 Street, Boise, Idaho, commission by City of Boise, Dept. of Arts & History

Associations 

  • Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance    
    • Member since 2010
    • Co-founder and president of the board 2010 through March 2015

Education 

  • Master of Fine Arts  in Painting and Printmaking, City University of New York, Queens College, Flushing, New York
  • Master of Art in Creative Art, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Fellowship Yale University, Norfolk, Connecticut
  • Certificate of graduation, Highly Recommended New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans

Awards 

  • Dean’s medal College of Design, Louisiana State University
    Caroline Durieux Scholarship School of Art, LSU
    Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship Yale University