Gratitude, 14″ x 18″ oil on linen canvas, framed by the artist.

I think trying to capture an emotional state in the painted surface, such as gratefulness, is one of the greatest challenges for an artist. In this case, Jimmy, the subject of this portrait, completely embodies gratefulness. He has been through the ringer; he’s been around and seen it all. He has overcome much and finally come to realize that gratefulness is the source of true joy and meaning. He has discovered grace. He now lives in humility and possesses a gentle strength of acceptance. The gesture in the pose also suggests that we are stronger together, that by helping each other, we are all made better.

continued . . .Gratitude

Jimmy contacted me, wanting to sell me a painting by my father, Joseph Maniscalco, that he had picked up in an estate sale. When he came to bring me the painting we started talking about his story. As he spoke, I noticed him standing in my doorway, the light from the outside and the light from the interior of my home. I asked that in addition to what I was paying him for the painting, if he would model for a portrait I was formulating as we spoke. I asked him to clasp his hands together as if he were trying to crack a walnut. Then I asked him to relax. That is when I captured this pose.

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Original Painting by Robert Maniscalco, Giclee – archival inks, stretch on canvas, Artists Proof (AP) – archival inks and paper


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