I love showing the portraits off. Everyone thinks they are amazing. It’s funny most people think that Bennett’s is right on and Audrey’s is okay. But then there are others that think the exact opposite. Everyone has an opinion. All that matters is that I LOVE THEM, you have captured my babies on canvas and I am so grateful. They are framed and look great.
We all LOVE the portrait. It will be our treasured family heirloom forever. Thank you!!!!!
The department just unveiled your portrait of our previous Chair, Jan Lage. WONDERFUL. I worked with her for almost 5 years and I think you caught more than just her appearance; you captured her personality. She was a super Chair for this department but a frank, kind, informal person. You got it. Thanks.
Dr. Jerry Squires
MUSC Department of Pathology
THEY LOVE THE PORTRAITS! Thank you so much. So much joy on their faces when they saw what a beautiful job you did.
Charleston City Paper
I hope this email finds you and your family doing well. I wanted to touch base with you in regards to the portrait you did for my wife and I of our two daughters back around 2003. I was excited to see it featured on your web site. Your portrait of our girls continues to be the focal point of our living room and both Jill and I enjoy it daily. Your skill and mastery went beyond capturing just their likeness by also capturing their respective personalities. The painting is truly a treasured item for us.
We will tune in on The Today Show on Thursday and can not wait till the day. Wow! How exciting for you and my hope is that the world finds out about your wonderful gift. We treasure every one of our portraits and today it’s the one thing we would stand heartbroken if we had a fire. So David took out a new insurance plan to replace the one we had.
Excerpts from the speech given at the official presentation of Professor Joseph Grano's portrait to the Wayne State Law School in 2003: On behalf of my family I thank you all for coming to my father's portrait unveiling. . . I want to acknowledge Robert Maniscalco for the fine work he did in painting my father's portrait. Robert demonstrated such professionalism in this portrait. He captured the essence of dad without ever meeting him. He spent much time hearing stories, looking at pictures, and building the persona in his mind so that his portrait could radiate dad's character. . . This portrait will enlighten students and faculty to how important teaching was to him. It will also acquaint new students with the kind of professors Wayne Law desires. . . Finally, let me offer these words. As a current prospective law student whose traveled to many schools, I have not paid close attention to the portraits in the school's halls. However, after considering what my father's portrait says about the professors of Wayne, I realize the men and women whose portraits are hanging on the walls of a school are as much a part of the law school as the ones in the class rooms. In the next few months, I will consider schools' legacies by paying closer attention to the portraits in their halls. Daniel Grano
I am thrilled and delighted with the portraits of my grandchildren and so is everyone who sees them, especially the children. Thank you for a job well done. Mae Gallagher
Russell and I would like to thank you for the portrait you did of me. I know that I will never have anything like it ever again. It's very special to us and we so appreciate all of the hard works that you put into it. God Bless, Good Health, Jen Bartolotas
Every time I look at those portraits, I think of the genius you are. Peter and Elizabeth look just like they did then. The detail in Sarah’s is amazing. Beth Dixon