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FABIO J NAPOLEONI

Artist's Profile

"I am inspired only by a few but admire them all for the hard work that is devoted to any art so deeply desired by the soul"...

HELLO... HERE IS A BRIEF HISTORY ON MYSELF...

IN 1972 I WAS BORN TO ITALIAN / SPANISH PARENTS IN PONCE, PUERTO RICO . ASTHMA, A DIVORCE, A NEW RELATIONSHIP AND A MOVE AT THE AGE OF 8 TOOK ME AND MY NEW FAMILY TO NEW YORK.

AS FAR BACK AS I CAN REMEMBER I ALWAYS HAD A PEN / PENCIL OR SOMETHING TO WRITE WITH . SINCE I SUFFERED FROM CHRONIC ASTHMA FROM THE DAY I WAS BORN MY OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES WERE LIMITED. MY GREAT MOTHER BEING AN ARTIST HERSELF PROVIDED ME WITH ALL THE ARTISTIC TOOLS I NEEDED TO KEEP ME BUSY.

ON THE MOVE AGAIN... AT 13 MY STEP FATHER TIRED OF BIG CITY LIFE THOUGHT BEING A COUNTRY DOCTOR WOULD BE THE GREATEST MOVE FOR THE FAMILY ( GREEN ACRES THEME INSERT HERE ). WELL ... MAINE IS LIKE NO OTHER STATE! LARGER THAN NEW YORK BUT WITH ONLY 10% OF THE POPULATION. 90% OF THE STATE IS COVERED WITH WOODS AND YOU HAVE TO TRAVEL AN AVERAGE OF AN HOUR TO REACH A MAJOR CITY... WITH THAT SAID MY STEP FATHER WANTED OUT... MY MOTHER DIDNT... SHE THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A GREAT STATE TO BRING UP CHILDREN... AND SO SHE DID...THE 80'S AND BEING A SINGLE PARENT IN A SMALL TOWN WASNT EASY ON MY MOTHER... BUT SHE DID IT IN GREAT FASHION. WITH HOOK OR BY CROOK SHE PROVIDED FOR US...

OHH... HIGH SCHOOL WAS NOT MY SHINNING MOMENT. FOR FOUR YEARS I DID JUST ENOUGH TO GET BY. WITH A SCHOLARSHIP TO AN ART SCHOOL JUST A GRASP AWAY I BLEW IT... DIDNT GRADUATE! DEVESTATED AND EMBARESSED I DEVOTED MYSELF TO MY ART AND GETTING MY DIPLOMA. AFTER FEW YEARS OFF TO PARTY AND ENJOY THE MUSIC LIFE. I ENTERED MUSIC SCHOOL. THIS MOVE TOOK ME AWAY AND INTRODUCED ME TO A MAN THAT HELPED SHAPE MY FUTURE.

MUSIC IS A BEAUTIFUL THING BUT NOT WHAT I DEEPLY WANTED. ANSWERING AN AD FOR AN ARTIST TO WORK WITH STAINED GLASS PROVED TO FEED MY HUNGER. BLAISE BOTTI A MASTER IN THIS FIELD OF STAINED GLASS WELCOMED ME IN AND TOOK THE TIME TO SHOW ME THE ROPES. IN MY 5 YEAR STAY WITH BLAISE WE ACCOMPLISHED WHAT ONLY A FEW HAVE DONE... THE COVER OF THE SMITHSONIAN GIFT CATALOG TWICE... WOW!

MARRIAGE TO MY BEST FRIEND, LONG TIME GIRLFRIEND AND THE BIRTH OF MY SON TOOK ME BACK TO THAT TINY TOWN. A BAD JOB CHOICE AND PERSONAL MISHAPS TOOK MY FOCUS AWAY FROM ART FOR OVER 2 YEARS. NOT A SINGLE DRAWING! FEELING THE NEED TO DO SOMETHING WITH MEANING I APPLIED TO WORK WITH TROUBLED CHILDREN. THERE IS NOTHING MORE REWARDING THAN HEPING CHILDREN. WITH ALOT MORE TIME ON MY HANDS AND THE CONSTANT NAGGING FROM MY WIFE I BEGAN TO CREATE AGAIN. OHH BOY THAT FELT GOOD AND FREE!!!

AFTER YEARS OF TRYING TO HAVE ANOTHER CHILD THE PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED BUT NOT ALL WAS GOOD. WE CAME TO FIND THAT THE DAUGHTER WE WANTED SO BADLY HAD A MAJOR HEART ABNORMALITY. FROM FIVE MONTHS OF AGE TO 8 MONTHS SHE UNDERWENT 3 SURGERIES TO REPAIR HER MITRAL VALVE. MY WIFE AND I SPENT ALL 3 PLUS MONTHS BY HER SIDE. TODAY WE ARE GLAD TO SAY THAT LAUREN IS DOING AWESOME AND GROWING LIKE A WEED...

THOSE MONTHS SPENT WITH MY DAUGHTER AND WATCHING HER TINY LIFE GO IN AND OUT HAS HAD A HUGE INVOLVEMENT IN HOW I NOW VIEW LIFE.... THE WORKS I CREATE ARE SATURATED WITH EMOTIONS FROM MYSELF AND THOSE AROUND ME... I HOPE YOU ENJOY THEM!

IF YOU HAVE MADE IT TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE I THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.....

FABIO NAPOLEONI

"WHAT WE DO IN LIFE ECHOS AN ETERNITY"


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