Fernando is a long time resident of Laguna Beach, California and a member of LPAPA Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association. He was born near Lucca, Italy and immigrated to the United States with family in 1955. After High School in Watsonville, California, he decided to pursue schooling in Italy, residing in Pinerolo (Piedmont), Pietrasanta, Florence and Lucca (Tuscany) for two years. Although speaking fluent Italian, this allowed him the time to travel and attain the proficiency needed to apply to the University of Florence in Art and Architecture. After much thought, he eventually longed to return to San Francisco and family and pursue a design oriented profession.
Fernando is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design in Landscape Architecture. After graduating and following his career path, he began a successful career as a Landscape Architect in Costa Mesa and Laguna Beach, which lasted over 36 years. Desiring a change, he decided to try oil painting in 2013. It was a life changing decision; one that he believes brought him back to this longing to be an artist. What attracts Fernando to painting is the immediacy of Plein Air painting.
“One not only needs to capture the feeling of the subject, but also the essence of light and color as it bounces, reflects and scatters. Painting is truly seeing more intensely than you can possibly hope to see. Painting is a life-long pursuit, one that requires always honing and learning new skills in order to build a vocabulary that just doesn’t reproduce reality, but provides new ways to look at it.”
Fernando has traveled and painted in and around Southern California, and Italy to capture the immediacy and joy of painting.