Next, young Carlton Campbell perched in the fork of a tree far older than he, possibly older than all of us. His face, his body, his clothing are all spotless with the inexperience of youth while the tree has been so frequently punished by nature as to seem a battered survivor, which is what we must all hope one day to be. The contrast of his perfect white little shoe that has taken so few steps with the ragged bark is a compelling image. From his expression, Master Campbell does not need to be rescued from the tree. He plans to climb many more, and bigger, and let nothing stop him in the ascent.
R. Sue Dodea
Kay's beautiful portrait sure served a timely purpose! It's presence at her funeral was really special. I cannot tell you how much it means to me to walk by it in our hallway several times a day. Loving regards, Bill Ward
First, the utterly charming portrait of Betty Coffee and her dogs. Apparently she has invited me to pull my chair right up to hers and we're so comfortable, so much at ease. She has that way about her. If there's something I need, she'll find a way. She has no needs herself and prefers to give than to get. She's neither spoiled nor fragile, but self-contained and willing. The light coming in from behind her somehow illuminates her rather than putting her in its shadow. I know I must behave myself as the dogs are very protective of her and will only tolerate me as long as she tells them I'm okay. Lovely, lovely.
R. Sue Dodea
Thanks to Rob Maniscalco for sharing his artistic gift with us. We really love the portrait and can't wait for friends and family to see it. We know that it will remain in our family forever. It captures the essence of Ryan and CJ at a very special time in their lives and we are so very pleased with the detail and quality of the portrait. Rob Maniscalco is truly gifted and we are thankful that he lent his talent and professionalism to us. Jeanette Franck
Can anyone resist Will Harvey? So many questions, so curious, so ready to become whatever he chooses.
I'll stop here but I want you to know how very much I enjoyed your work and I'll visit your site again for more of the same. R. Sue Dodea
R. Sue Dodea
Thank you for the wonderful painting that graces our hearth. Roman Madgidenko
I have experienced firsthand the wonderfully positive influence of having one of your portraits of myself influencing and inspiring my own dreams and self confidence. When I feel challenged, or worse, I look at that portrait and think, “she can do it! She can get through this, overcome this, win this battle.” Thank you, Robert Maniscalco for reminding me of who I really am.
Tonight I was visiting M.L. Leiber's website and he includes a link to your gallery. I thought I'd just stop by and take a glimpse. Hours later, it has been a great pleasure for me to view all of your portraits. The more of them I saw the more I could see the painter inside and outside which was a lot of fun. I don't know how often someone tells you how much they like your work and mean they really looked at it. Add me to the list. There were several portraits that just enchanted me and make me want to show them to someone else and say "Look at this, look how he posed this, look at the light, the hand, the draping of cloth, the child's doll -- " These are the portraits I'll come back to see.
R. Sue Dodea
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!!!!!