Longo worked as an apprentice furniture maker and wood carver; an experience that afforded him an unique understanding of design and old-world craftsmanship. He then enrolled at Arizona State University, where he studied art and architecture.
Longo, who paints in the tradition of the French impressionists of the early 1900s, has shaped his own distinctive approach to achieve the same timeless quality in his work. He is constantly striving to capture the "immediacy of place" and to keep it at the centre of his work. All essential elements seem to intermingle effortlessly to craft a composition of visual harmony, a unity rather than a mere array of single expressions.