Jane first came to Florence as an undergraduate art student at the Maryland Institute of Art. She fell in love with the city, the region, and an Italian man. Soon after her BA she returned to continue her graduate studies at the University of Florence and settle in the area. She spends a lot of her time outside of the city, leading groups on trekking holidays through Tuscany, and as such has gained a broad knowledge not only of the art and artistic traditions of Tuscany but of the entire cultural context of the region. She lives with her husband and their two children in the Mugello area north of Florence.
Dr. Alan is professor of Art History and Art at New York University. He leads our Fresco Workshop in his studio in Palazzo Rucellai. He is intensely interested in the materials and technique of Renaissance art, and received his Ph.D in Renaissance Art History and Greek and Roman art from Washington University.
Hector is a Scottish-born artist living in Florence who began his training in 1985 under Leonard Pardon in London. In 1995 he specialized in the ancient art of fresco painting, participating in the leading course of its kind at the Laboratorio Per a fresco Tintori in Vainella, Prato, Italy. Upon graduation, he moved to Florence where he further developed his skills in the old technique of gilding, and in 1997 he returned to Vainella to further his studies in auxiliary tempera painting. His style has developed to include the complete spectrum of fresco and mural techniques from Roman fresco painting to early Renaissance and Baroque, as well as reinterpreting his expertise in a contemporary fashion. He has completed many works for private clients in Italy, Great Britain, Portugal, and the United States, and is a regular participant in international competitions. In 2002 he was awarded the Silver Medal at the prestigious "Omaggio a Masaccio" in Valdarno.