From Adriano Manocchia’s Studio: Two Commissioned Paintings

Happy 2014 to you and your family!

In the last few months I have been busy at the easel completing some commissioned paintings for clients who had specific requests.

You might remember from my past blog postings how I approach a commission work, but if you didn’t have the chance of reading them yet or would like to revisit this process, the links below will direct you to the pages on my blog where I’ve explained it in details:

These last two commissioned works however, required a much different approach and one that gave me more creative freedom. The two requests I had were for a painting of a whitetail buck and one of a church interior similar in concept to an unusual oil I created some years ago titled Power of Light (to view this image scroll down this page ), which has been a favorite with many collectors since. As those were the only requirements, I was able to make the important decision on what scenes to paint, and create compositions that I felt were pleasing and at the same time, dramatic. After the general concepts’ approval from the collectors, I worked on completing the paintings, making small modifications when necessary as I progressed, and didn’t stop until I was very satisfied with the end-results. Of course the last word is always the collectors, so no painting is ever completed without their seal of approval… Fortunately, both clients shared my vision for these paintings and were extremely pleased with the finished paintings.

Baptism By Water found its inspiration from the interior of a Capuchin monastery in Italy, constructed in the late fifteen hundreds and today open only on special occasions. Through some personal contacts, we were able to get a private tour of the church on a very hot Summer day. When we walked in, the church was in semidarkness with only a few rays of sun filtering through the small stained glass windows and illuminating otherwise dark corners. The light spilling on the baptismal nave lasted only a few minutes, but it was so dramatic that I knew even then that one day it would become a painting.

Aware found its inspiration a lot closer to home. Early mornings on crisp autumn days have always been a favorite time of mine to go out and get material for future paintings. When I came across this distressed barn in one of my wanderings, I was immediately attracted by the wood’s warm tones and overhanging foliage just starting to turn, giving the entire scene a sense of  “wilderness”. If you are wondering, the buck was not present while I was there, but very visible tracks were. That gave me the idea of creating a painting that is a little unexpected but highly plausible.

I would like to extend to you an invitation to contact us, if you have been thinking of a particular scene dear to you and that you would like to see in a painting.  Please contact us by phone at 518-677-5857 or by e-mail at

Have a healthy, prosperous, and happy new year,


Aware oil on panel image size 18"x12.5" Private Collection
Baptism By Water
oil on panel
image size 11″x16″
Private Collection


Aware oil on panel image size 18"x12.5" Private Collection
oil on panel
image size 18″x12.5″
Private Collection

Other available paintings can be viewed by visiting the following page on my website

For questions and information or to learn more about commissioning a painting please contact:

Teresa Manocchia
87 White Creek Shunpike Road
Cambridge, NY 12816
Tel: 518-677-5857


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