Audrey’s passion for art is rooted in her years growing up in southern Italy where her studies lead her to apprentice at the Royal Opera House in Naples, Teatro di San Carlo, assisting in set design, make up and costume. After moving to the States, she raised two children in the “real world” before returning to art as a vocation.
For the past 20 years, Audrey has owned and operated a decorative painting business specializing in faux finishes, mural work and painted furniture. Much of these learned techniques, particularly gold, silver and copper leaf are transferred to her art work on canvas and are in private collections across the country.
Since 2005, she has created an art curriculum and taught in the home school community in Northern Virginia. Today, Audrey lives in Farmville with her husband, a dog, three cats and bird.
Every teacher has a teaching style; every student has a learning style. As an instructor it is important for me to recognize and integrate those styles with each individual. It is not my job to teach students to paint or draw as I do, but rather to help them discover their own unique talent and creative passion. I prefer to keep my classes small so that I’m able to offer one on one attention to each individual.
My job is to teach technique, proper use of tools and materials and then guide each student to discovering their true artistic nature. It's been proven that creative expression is an integral part of creative and cognitive growth. Art promotes independence, communication, courage, and self-esteem.