Howard Behrens Original Oil on Canvas framed "Villagio Vicino El Mare" Up for sale is this original oil hand signed Framed Canvas entitled "Villagio Vicino El Mare" by Howard Behrens. This piece is in excellent condition and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Unframed Size: 31" x 37" Framed Size: 46" x 37" list price:29,400.00 Behrens was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1933. He grew up near Washington D.C. and began drawing at age seventeen after being confined to bed following a sledding accident. His formal education in art was at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a Masters degree in painting and sculpture. From 1964 to 1981, Behrens worked for the United States Government Printing Office, serving as Chief Artist for ten years. During the 17 years he worked for the government, he devoted his free time to painting. Weekends, nights, vacation days, if he wasn't painting, he was traveling extensively. From the sun-drenched coastal areas of the United States to the lush, tropical areas of the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Mexico, to the seductive warmth of the Italian Riviera, southern France and the Mediterranean, Behrens finds his inspiration in the beauty of the places he travels. Although he's best known for his dramatic use of vivid colors, that capture the brilliance of direct sunlight on canvas. It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Howard Behrens on April 14, 2014. As an artist, he touched the hearts and souls of countless collectors who cherished his extraordinary talent.