Washington County based artist Adriano Manocchia's beautiful, almost photo realistic art is a nice addition to our Fishy Artists series.
Not long ago a mail ticked in from Teresa Manocchia, who wrote:
"One of our clients thought that Adriano Manocchia's art would be a nice addition to your art gallery section."
And true enough. Manocchia's beautiful, almost photo realistic art would certainly be a nice addition to our Fishy Artists series.
Teresa's husband Adriano Manocchia is a noted artist and an avid fly fisherman. He has been introduced into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum located in Hayward, Wisconsin, and will soon release a book entitled Water, Sky & Time, which is a 30 years retrospective of his artistic career.
I posed my usual series of questions, and Manocchia replied as you can read below.
How did you start working with art and with fishing related art in particular?
I grew up in a family of journalists so I found myself accompanying my father and uncle to a number of sporting events at an early age. I started taking photographs at 15 years old and went on to a career as a photojournalist.
I continued to shoot professionally till I made a career change when I was 31 years old. I don't know what moved me to turn to painting but I wanted to try it. Thirty years later I'm still at it. I first started painting wildlife as my subject but slowly found that my passion to fly-fish was something I also enjoyed painting and today it makes up a large part of my work.
Why fish and/or fishing?
There is something about being on a river, lake or ocean that really excites me. Painting water has been my passion. And naturally adding an angler to a scene makes it even more interesting for me.
My wife Teresa and I are about to release a new book, called Water, Sky and Time, which is a 30-year retrospective on my artistic career. I would say that probably 30% of the work in the book highlights my angling paintings.
What is your preferred method of painting/drawing/producing your work - if any?
The majority of the work I paint is in oils. I originally started painting on Belgium linen but about 20 years ago I switched to a smooth, hard surface material. I build up texture as I add layers of paint. I also enjoy doing etchings though I don't seem to have as much time to dedicate to them these days with the demand for my oils.
Is the art your main source of income - if at all a source of income - and do you do other jobs as a supplement?
Art is my full-time profession, seven days a week. I don't believe anyone can do other things full time and paint on the side or on weekends and be taken seriously. Any art, whether it be writing, music, painting needs to engulf you. If it isn't the only thing in your life than to me you are just a hobbyist.
Can people buy your art and if so, then in which form and where?
I've sold my work though a number of prestigious galleries over the years: J.N. Bartfield Galleries, (New York), Wally Findley Gallery (New York), Trailside Galleries, (Jackson Hole, and Scottsdale, Arizona), The Sportsman's Gallery (Beaver Creek, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia).
But over the last 7 or 8 years I've been focusing more on private sales and commissions. I find I enjoy meeting and getting to know the collectors and working closely with them. It's given me the opportunity to meet some wonderful people.
Where do you currently live and work?
I was born and raised in New York City. When I married my wife Teresa, who is originally from Italy, we moved a few miles north of New York City to the suburbs of Westchester.
After 29 years there we decided it was time for a change and so we moved 3 hours north of New York City to Cambridge, in Washington County, also in New York State. We bought an 1803 farm and on the property there are a number of buildings and I've been working on one, an 1820's carriage barn, were I paint once the warmer weather arrives. It's much too big and open to insulate so I heat it the best I can in the spring and fall with a wood stove. When it gets too cold I move back to a room in our house.
I'm fortunate that here are many rivers, creeks and ponds in the area like the well known Battenkill, where I can fish and paint. On our farm we have the Owlkill, which runs along it. It's a great little native brookie stream.