Author Bio

Carla Nicole De Petris

Northern California based writer and art aficionado, Carla Nicole De Petris was born in Torino, Italy and graduated from the University of Torino with a degree in Business with a focus on art history & architecture. She has been studying and collecting High and Low Renaissance European Artists from the 14th Century to the 18th Century for many years. When she moved to California she also began collecting 19th and 20th-century contemporary art.

Her love of art is not limited to collecting however and she has pursued creating in mediums such as oil, pastel, pen and ink, pencil, lithograph and photography. She has studied at the prestigious Otis College of Art & Design, Sonoma State University and the College of Marin. She has also pursued her interests in history, art, political science, religions, American Jazz music, California architecture. The latter with the University of California extension in San Francisco.

Over the years she has dedicated her time and energy as a Board Member and Officer of several non-profit organizations including Historic Preservation, Landmark, Sister’s Cities, two stores to raise funds for Catholic schools, Red and White ball to raise funds for city projects, the Sonoma Film Festival and was a member of the Sonoma Architectural Commission.

In 1980 she founded Nicole Collection Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, California. Her company Italcork Corporation imported cork from Sardenga, Italy and pioneered a method of fire branding wine corks for use by wineries all over North America. She has traveled over seventy countries and five continents. Her other interests include breeding and showing Arabian Horses.

Her research into the provenance of the painting called The Madonna of Divine Love found her traveling to Carpi, Rome, Milano, Firenze, & Naples, Italy as well as St. Petersburg, Russia. Her research included visits to Museums, State offices, The Vatican Secret Library, private collections and city libraries. She had close communications with many academics and art historians.

At one time, she had more than six hundred works of international art and oriental rugs for which she did research on each of the artists. She researched for private collections on Lotto, Van Gough, Raffaello, Rembrandt, and catalogued the collection of Kenneth Steven McIntire 1891-1979.

Carla also conducted research of the architecture and the history of ownership of Sonoma County from 1840 to 1940 as a project for the League for Historic Preservation for Sonoma City and Sonoma County.  In 2019 this work earned her the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation’s Margaret Eliassen Award as well as a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.

2002 Women and Industry “Award for Innovation” from the County of Sonoma Commission on the status of Women

2002 Women and Industry Award recipient nominated by Italcork, Inc.

2019 Award from the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation’s Margaret Eliassen Award – Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition

Associations & Memberships:

  • A lifetime member of the National Register of Who is Who in the West, Who is Who in American Women, and Who is Who in the World
  • Board Member in the Golden Gate Collectors Guild
  • The Metropolitan Club of San Francisco
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
  • The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Rotary Club
  • The Authors Guild
  • Sonoma Historical Society
  • Board Member of the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation
  • Amazon Author Page