Pamela Allegretto Franz attended Colorado University Extension in Denver, and later moved to Florence, Italy where she studied art and Italian at L’Universitŕ Per Gli Stranieri. To finance her education her job résumé was as colorful as the Renaissance city itself. She shivered as an artist’s model and sang the blues in catacomb nightclubs. She worked as an interpreter/translator for a textile company and hawked leather goods to tourists.
Back on US soil, the colors on her résumé remained vibrant. In addition to Italian teacher at Berlitz School of Languages and a two-year stint as a Playboy Bunny, she added hairdresser/salon owner, to her palette. Classes in writing, cartooning, and art filled whatever free hours remained.
In 1996 Pamela sold the hair salon and moved with her husband to Hawaii, where, for the following ten years, she devoted herself fulltime to painting. Now, a resident of Connecticut, Pamela divides her time between painting and Italian poetry translations. Her original art can be viewed and purchased at: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com. She also writes a blog: PAINTING IN ITALY that talks about off-the-beaten-track locations to paint in Italy. http://pamelaallegretto.blogspot.com.