Quality, beauty and meaning have always been part of growing up in a household of craftsmen, particularly Italian craftsmen, who are so in touch with their traditions. I spent my early years in London, where my family has been in the knife-grinding business for the past 150 years, and went to Italy in my early teens. I studied Fine Art and Photography at the Istituto d'Arte of Trento and Urbino, obtaining a Fine Arts Diploma. Family circumstances then led me back to London. While working in a photographic studio for a number of years, I kept my passion for art alive through professional courses. One formative experience was the Illustration and Life Drawing Course at St Martin's School of Art, as well as Airbrushing at the London College of Printing. Now I regularly attend Heatherley's Art School in Chelsea for Open Studio Life Drawing and Oils. The artist Fernando Montes, my dear friend and neighbour, taught me the technique of egg tempera. Fernando, on of Bolivia's most distinguished artists, was also drawn to evocative landscapes of quiet contemplation. In 2001, after a few years of mastering the art of making gesso panels and my own colours, I joined the 'Egg Tempera Society'. Egg tempera allows the artist to build up a painting in slow transparent layers that remain luminous, clear and do not lose their graphic quality; the colours have a jewel-like quality. I also use other techniques, such as oils and soft pastels which allow me to create and explore different moods. I always like to start from a strong set of drawings as I feel these inform the rest of the work and it demands a search, a discipline of looking and understanding. I believe in the craft of drawing and painting as a means of exploring the World. In 2011 I joined the United Society of Artists. I mainly work in my Wimbledon Studio and am happy to have visitors around to see my work. Although I am busy on my own projects I am happy to discuss any work you may wish to commission.