“Spring certainly has not sprung here in upstate New York. It has been wet and cold the last few weeks,” noted Adriano F. Manocchia. “The only good thing about this weather is that it has given me more time in the studio to paint, even though I have been on full time mowing duty the last few weeks in order to keep the grass that is growing in leaps and bounds in this wet weather under control. In spite of that, however, this month I was able to complete a few more marine oils from my Maine trip.
“Fishing started off on a positive note at the beginning of April,” continues the Upstate New York artist/fly fishing enthusiast.” Abundant Hendrickson and caddis hatches exploded every day around 3pm. But the fish were few and far between. Then came the cold, and the hatches diminished. I managed a half dozen trips on the river but haven’t had the courage to go out lately with the wind and cold. I did spend a day last week in north Jersey at a private fishing club on the invitation of two dear friends and collectors, Bill Leary and Bill Tomiello, who are members.
“It’s an annual pilgrimage that starts the season off. It gives me a chance to spend a day with Bill and Bill and talk about past trips and friends that I don’t get to see much since moving upstate. My fishing buddy and collector, Rich Norman, accompanied me on this trip. It’s something he looks forward to each year. The fishing is insane. This year was particularly good and it consisted mostly of dry fly fishing which makes it even sweeter. As always, Bill Tomiello is the consummate host, and his lunches are excellent. Looking forward to next season already.
The two paintings I'd like to share with you are titled Thick O' Fog, measuring 18"x14", and Seen Better Days, which measures 13"x16". What I love about these two paintings is that I was able to capture in them the essence and reality of quaint coastal scenes. They can also be viewed at www.adriano-art.com/?availableart. These paintings are for sale and will remain available to my special clients on a first come basis. If you have any questions or would like to acquire artwork, feel free to contact Teresa at 518-677-5744 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org ."