How would you describe your art - in one sentence, or a short phrase.
I’m an artist and my mission is to help people acknowledge the personal and professional successes in their lives.

Photo of you in your studio; or beside an art piece that you like.

One sentence to describe your studio / the place you work.
I choose not to maintain a studio at this time. I live in an RV on the streets of Orange County, CA to save money while I assess how to do the art I love and adjust to the changing graphics market. I rent co-office space for graphics and web development. If I get a fine art project I rent space on demand.

Photos of your 3 best artworks, the title and a short description.

Assimilation is the best composite so far of my vivid imagination awash in metaphor and concepts ranging from the possibility of a mulit-verse, alien intelligence, spirituality and how our own human experience relates using the lens of anthropology and sociology.

The Reformation:
The Reformation is the collision of the Halloween Parade and the Feast of Assumption Parade. It’s a metaphor for the collision of spirituality and commerce.

Winterthur Whimsy:
Winterthur Whimsy was done partially on site and partially in studio in one day as part of a plien air painting competition. I enjoyed hiking around the beautiful gardens and wanted to make a composite of sights that made the strongest impression on me.

Most memorable art commission - what was the piece about, who commissioned the art, what was the experience like.
The most memorable was for Annie Neilson part of the DuPont family. I got to tour their magnificent private grounds and got to know her favorite memories. It was a Christmas gift to her husband and children.

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How you work with your clients - a short description of how you develop concepts and ideas, and collaborate with your clients.
I listen to clients tell me their story. They relate to me their memories, successes, joys, challenges, important people, pets and places in their life. I have a vivid and active imagination and immediately part metaphor and part surrealist visuals pop into my mind. I sketch out small variations to get their approval. Depending on the complexity I’ll also present a tighter sketch and color study before finishing.

What/who inspires you?
People’s stories of love, challenges, successes and joys along with the original metaphors that I can dream up inspire me.

Browse Michael Stancato's artworks on The Commissioned.