Judson Monroe (b.1985) began his training as a young man after meeting Charles Cecil on a family trip to Florence, Italy. Years later he returned to attend the Florence Academy of Art to further his art education. While he was a full time student he used summers and breaks to supplement his FAA education with different private classes offered by artists locally. Eventually, Judson became the Florence Academy's Director of Art History, and during his tenure his particular admiration for Italian 19th century art was born. Judson currently resides in Santa Rosa, California with his wife and three children, finding the time to paint as much as possible.