D'Arista would walk into the studio with his arms full of "things" and a cigarette dangling from his mouth. In less than five minutes a beautiful still life would be ready for us to paint. We were only allowed to use straight lines, diagonals, black and Venetian Red. I did some of my best work in his class.
He was the first teacher who discussed the "Golden Triangle" and demonstrated how we could use it in our own work.
I imagine for any art student he brought painting to life. For me, he opened up a world that I wanted to know more about. His passion for painting was tangible and he imparted it to me.
Studied with D'Arista at Tanglewood in the summer of 1970, and took a composition class from him at Boston University in 1973