Born in Waddell Valley, North of Santa Cruz, Amadeo began painting and drawing as a child. Inspired by the rich coastline above and below the water. His passion for illustration and the marine environment can be traced back to an old dusty copy of "The Lore of Sportsfishing", as well as a rich family tradition of fishing surfing and coastal gathering. Rooted firmly in the culture of fishing, biology, and ecology. Amadeo's artwork has been featured in National Geographic, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and National Marine Fisheries service among others.