Alan has been a Bay Area resident for over 30 years, moving from his native New England, and he enjoys working in his studio in the redwoods above the Napa Valley. As a member of the NVAC, he has participated in Open Studios as well as other recent events including The Napa Valley Museum miniature show and the Calistoga Art Center 2013 Plein Air show where he won their award.
He has completed a number of painting seminars including Scottsdale Artists' School, Monhegan Island Main workshops, and the International School in Umbria, Italy. His instructors have included Jacqueline Kamin, Randall Sexton, Joseph Lorusso, Armand Cabrerra, Caleb Stone, Alan Feltus, Lani Irwin, Terry Miura, and most recently, Carolyn Anderson's Alla Prima portrait workshop.
"I seek out the best spots to paint where the light, color and emotion of the subject feeds my inner soul. I also enjoy painting the figure, both from models and from pictures, and have become interested in the intensity and body lines of flamenco dancers. I have a large library of books on artists and art history, and I especially enjoy the French and Italian artists of the 19th and 20th centuries in which my family's heritage is rooted. I am also interested in doing commissions of specific sites, including local landmarks."