Biography and Previous Work Experience

D. "Darteo" Sommese

I was born one cold November morning. I attended College as a theater arts major at age 18. After-school hours were spent as an apprentice at a professional theater in the round. I was involved in all aspects of the professional play production process, from painting sets to walk-on parts. I worked in the mail room for a professional TV broadcasting station, all the while attending acting workshops and subsequent performances that were the result. Shortly afterwards, I became involved in the then emerging independent film production industry in Hollywood in the early 1970's, mostly as a production assistant or assistant director, but I also did work connected with sets, wardrobe, and lighting as well. Later I moved over to major studio production, where I continued to work as a production assistant and what is known in the business as "stand-in", as well as doing small speaking parts in films and TV.

Having had a long and liberal education in the film, I became aware that art was a refinement I wanted to add to my life. As a mature man, and non traditional aged student, I returned to school. In 1989 pursued a fine art studio degree at University, graduating cum laude in December of 1991. Although I was a Fine Arts/ Studio major, I was very actively involved in the video arts program. I spent three quarters as an undergraduate teaching assistant for a studio video class

Hungry to learn more about art and painting I applied to, and was accepted to, a Masters program where I completed my MFA. Along with traditional painting, I took three semesters of instruction with computer paint and photo manipulation programs.

After graduation in December of 1994, I managed to fulfill yet another dream. I spent one year doing a self directed study in painting in Italy. I lived and painted 6 months in Rome and 6 months in Florence.

I am a writer as well as a painter. I have taught painting on a private instruction basis. To date I have sold work to many prominent people connected with the entertainment industry and dignitaries from all over the world now have my work in their homes.

This page was created by Darteo by hand, c 2017

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