I am a Britalian (Italian with a British mother!) currently living in the DC metro area. I spent my first 11 years living in northern Italy, then moved to the UK.
During my first 18 years I consistently studied art with an intention of pursuing it as a career later in life. Just before university however, I decided to take a more financially secure path and went on to study Medical Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham.
In 2005 I returned to Italy and lived in a community in the Tuscan hills for 6 months. Living in the foothills of the mountains in Italy rekindled the artist in me.
I moved to work as the Assistant Director of Outdoor Education at Georgetown University in 2005. I thoroughly enjoyed working there and felt that education in the wilderness satisfied my desire to pursue beauty and provided the perfect creative surrounding to influence and be influenced by others.
I married my wife Anna in 2006. In 2007 we moved back to the UK to do a yearlong volunteer program in York (UK). Here we worked with the homeless, difficult teens and marginalised in the local community. My time back in the UK also gave me the opportunity to start drawing and painting again. I tried to incorporate art in my volunteer work and I also started to do commissioned portraits.
In 2009 Anna and I moved back to the US to hike from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail which we completed in September. In 2010, we hit the trail again, hiking through the Rocky Mountains (MT, WY, CO and NM) from Canada to Mexico on the Continental Divide Trail.
I am currently exploring a vocation that incorporates service to the poor in our community, art and the outdoors. This means doing a lot of hands-on work at local charities, some art work and spending time outdoors.
To read more about our adventures check out our blog.