Philippe Gandiol, a Northern California painter, was born in Paris and moved to California in 1975. He has been painting with oils for over 20 years. He pursued an independent program of study taking classes in France, San Francisco and Sacramento and with several renowned West Coast painters. Philippe likes to paint landscapes, cityscapes “en plein air” and still life and models in the studio. He works almost exclusively from life believing that only in life can he find the full range of light and color he wants in his paintings. He is actively involved with the California artist community, art events and juried art festivals where he has won many awards. He teaches both privately and at the Davis Art Center. As an instructor, Philippe is appreciated as a thorough, supportive and inspiring mentor.