I have studied and taught art for over 17 years.  I completed my Bachelors Degree in International Business in 1995 and after which, I came to the realization that a career purely in business was not for me and that my true calling was in the art world.  Since then, I have completed considerable coursework in various art subjects and mediums.  This includes extensive work in drawing, color, design, watercolor, pastel, photography, as well as my primary interests, Fresco and Scagliola.  I have studied at length in both California and Italy.  More recently I have also started doing extensive work and study in encaustic painting


My ongoing experiences in Italy have provided me with the opportunity to study and practice Fresco, Scagliola, and watercolor painting more intensely and in a more professional, focused environment.  For the past 13 years, I have been living and working in Italy for 4-7 months a year painting Frescos and creating Scagliola professionally.


More recently, I also completed a Masters degree in Art Therapy.  My emphasis in this area is working with geriatric and traumatic brain injury clients.  I have also created a form of beach based environmental art therapy.  I am currently trying to build my art therapy practice.   Finally, I have created a Fresco workshop that is conducted in Tuscany as well teaching private fresco painting courses in Hawaii and creating custom artwork by commission.




St. Francis High School

Mountain View, California                                                        Graduated 1984


Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, California

Bachelors of Science-International Business                              Graduated 1995


De Anza College, Cupertino, California

Art Studies                                                                               1995-1998


Il Laboratorio per Affresco di Vainella                                       1999-2001

Figline di Prato, Italy

Certificate in Fresco and Decorative Painting


St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Terre Haute, Indiana                2005-2009

Masters of Art in Art Therapy

Masters Thesis:Combining Art Therapy and Animal

Assisted Therapy for the Geriatric Client



Work Experience (Art Related):


Children’s Art Workshop                                                          1998-1999


Responsible for teaching of fine arts to groups of fifteen to twenty children, ranging in ages from 7 to 12 years old.  Duties included development and implementation of lesson plans, creating new art project concepts, and supervision of students.


Aloha Tuscany Fresco Workshop                                               2000-Present


Aloha Tuscany first started out as a means for selling my Frescos.  It has evolved to its current state where I am the owner and operator of a twice a year Fresco Painting workshop located in Tuscany.  I also teach private fresco painting workshops in Hawaii and create frescos by commission. AlohaTuscany was featured in the April 9th 2004, Wall Street Journal in an article highlighting the resurgence in fresco in the United States.  Details of this business as well as examples of my work may be seen at the following website: www.AlohaTuscany.com


Masters Internship                                                                    2006-2008


Worked with Hospice Hawaii and Hawaii Sisters of the Sacred Heart conducting over 1000 hours of art therapy with Hospice and Geriatric clients.   This required the use of a wide range of medias and skills to best address the needs of each individual.


Aloha Art Therapy                                                                    2009 – Present


Developed Art Therapy workshop business with a focus on environmental, geriatric, and traumatic brain injury clients.  www.alohaarttherapy.com further describes the range of work that I do in this area.


Summary of Art Skills:


Buon (True) Fresco



Water color



Mixed Media


Art Exhibits:


Graduate Students Exhibit                                                        August 2000

Il Laboratorio per Affresco di Vainella


Exhibited fresco completed as part of study, kept by School as part of permanent exhibit


Masters Art Exhibit, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College                  August 2008


Exhibited examples of the work created during my Masters studies, including Mixed Media and Sculpture


American Contemporary Art in Florence,                                  May 2012

Palagio di Parte Guelfa, Florence, Italy

Invited exhibitor, Mixed Media including Acrylic, Watercolor, and Pastel


Art Workshops Attended:


Marta Solozlozki: Ongoing Weekly Studio Workshop with Master of Watercolor and Pastel, San Jose California, 1996-1999


Tom Lynch: One week Intensive Watercolor Workshop, Cambria, California, 1998


Traveling Watercolor Workshop: Two-Week Plein Air Watercolor Workshop with Master of Watercolor, Jonelle Johnson, Italy, 1999


Intensive 4-week one on one workshop with Master of Scagliola Walter Cipriani of Atelier-Roma, 2000, continuing study in 2001, 2002, 2003


Wax Works West: Intensive one on one encaustic workshop, 2010


Professional Memberships:


American Association of Art Therapy