When you are raised surrounded by art and art lovers it’s not hard to become an artist. That’s just the beginning to Michael Vacchiano, this month’s highlighted Sticky Situation and Breck Trek artist. Check out our interview with Mr. Vacchiano finding out more about where he learned his craft, what inspires him and most importantly what his favorite Breck Brew beer is. If you’re in Pittsburgh this month, be sure to check out the show and see Michael’s piece up close and personal!
Where did your love for art start? How did you become an artist?
MV: Art was always encouraged in my home when I was growing up. My grandfather made a living as a musician, playing trumpet for the New York Philharmonic and through my mother was not a professional artist, she was adept at drawing. All of my siblings and myself ended up in one field or another of the arts. As to how I became an artist, through a lot of hard work and practice, just like anything else.
Where do you get your inspiration?
MV: I get my inspiration from a lot of places but mostly from the people in my life. They often become the subjects of my paintings.
If you could learn any new medium of art, what would it be and why?
MV: When I was younger I did a lot of sculpture, but I transitioned into painting because I didn’t have the space or resources to pursue the projects I wanted to. I’d love to learn how to properly cast a sculpture in bronze.
How did you come up with the idea for you Breck Trek Sticky Situation Piece?
MV: I chose a black bear because I wanted to paint a piece representing Colorado’s wildlife. The beer growlers made me think of Winnie the Pooh and his jars of honey, so I gave him a red shirt.
What’s yourfavorite Breck Brew beer?
If I had to choose one, I’d say the oatmeal stout.
What makes Ink Monstr unique from other print shops?
The sheer scale of the projects they are willing to take on.
What do you like most about working with Ink Monstr?
I love doing projects like Sticky Situation because it gives me the opportunity to explore ideas I don’t typically get to paint in my gallery and portrait work. Plus, you never know what they are going to do next!
Where can we find Michael Vacchiano?