Graves traveled to Florence in the 70’s in search of the techniques of those masters who inspired him most: Rembrandt, Titian, Velasquez, and also the French academic painters. He studied under Nerina Simi, and met Pietro Annigoni. He found a personal style that fuses the richness of 19h century Italian painting with academic draftsmanship. Graves founded The Florence Academy of Art in 1991 to keep alive the tradition of great painting and sculpture. The Academy has three locations, Florence, Italy, Mölndal, Sweden and Jersey City, NJ. When not teaching, His work is in both public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.