big sur cliffs california
Big Sur Looking South: Painting of the view of Big Sur looking south from a pull out north of Bixby Bridge. 2020, Oil on canvas 18 L x 24 W in. commissioned by Andrew Quillan

I believe in creating beautiful work that connects the viewer to something that I find unique in the natural world. I paint in the hope of making peoples’ lives better through art. What I like most about being a painter is the connection I feel to a tradition of self-expression that is like no other medium. You lay down some pigment and wait for magic to happen. Since retiring from teaching art, I have the time to wander through the American western landscapes. It is these scenes in nature that inspire me to reconstruct them on canvas, to capture the moments of breathtaking beauty that people today miss because of the pace of everyday life. My oil painting process involves Plein air painting, studies done out of doors, as well as larger studio works.

Born in New Jersey and settled in Santa Cruz, CA, I find California’s climate is more compatible with my Italian heritage. I enjoy traveling but the phenomenal beauty of Santa Cruz is where I am most inspired. My dad’s company, “A.Lanni Painting and Decorating” imparted in me an early love for paint. I have vivid memories of my dad in his shop mixing pigments into new colors a job worthy of an alchemist. I’ve been interested in art since my childhood and decided to make a career of teaching art to young people. Teaching high school art and photography became one of my career focuses. Having retired after 30 years of teaching I am now painting full-time. My education is as follows:  Master’s Degree in Painting, from San Jose State University, 1991 Teaching Credential, Art, from CA State University Hayward, CA 1980, BA Studio Art, from California State University, Hayward, CA 1979, and an AA in Studio Art, from Grossmont Community College, El Cajon, 1971.


big sur ridge sunset
Big Sur Sunset, Ridge View: The ridge of the Santa Lucia Mountains is a great place to camp and view the sun setting over the Big Sur coast. 2017, 18 L x 24 W in. Oil on canvas, $800


woman in nightgown on mitchell's cove santa cruz
Moonlit Walk at the Mitchell’s Cove: I took photos of Nicole on a moonlit night at Mitchell’s Cove down the block from my house. Oil on canvas completed 2014 60 L x 48 W in. $2000


vintage american truck graveyard
This grouping of trucks really seems to capture a place in time. It evokes the hot days of summer with much stillness in. the air except for maybe the buzzing of small winged creatures. 2005, Watercolor on Arches paper 14 L x 14 W, $900 framed

Still life

italian framer's market vegetable stand watercolor
Italian Framer’s Market Vegetable Stand: Painting of a vegetable stand on the streets of Florence Italy. Watercolor on Arches paper 18 H x 26 W in. sold