Patrick Mancini Proves Philanthropy Fuels the Finest of Art
By Jana Ritter
Patrick Mancini is a successful software exec by day and painter by night who only happened upon his artistic talent through his spirit of philanthropy. It started way back in 1992, when he decided to paint a few pieces to help out a Toys-for-Tots Fundraiser in Newport, Rhode Island. When both paintings were quickly bought up and an immediate audience for his work ensued, Mancini realized that he had a gift that he could use to keep on giving to those in need.
Since then, Mancini's mission to blend his passion for paint and philanthropy has been capturing the attention of both worlds. Not only has he become known for his diverse collection spanning from impressionist seascapes and landscapes to his recent work he describes as "more traumatic and complete," Mancini has also served as President and Chairman of the New England Hemophilia Association for over a decade and has been using his art to raise awareness for various other advocate groups across the nation as well. We had the opportunity to catch up with the busy executive-artist-philanthropist and find out more about his unique artistic process and the man himself.
Who has influenced you as a painter and how would you describe your unique style of work?
I'm definitely influenced by Cézanne and Van Gogh's use of color and texture, so I would describe my work as abstract expressionist in that sense. But what defines my unique style is that I paint landscapes and seascapes that stem mostly, but not always, from imagination rather than actual physical locations. They're based on something obvious yet something different that is up to the individual viewer's interpretation of it.
Is it true that all of your painting occurs after midnight and only during the winter months? Why is that?
Part of the reason is due to the fact that I have a busy schedule and late at night is when I finally unwind from the day, shut myself off from the world and then let my mind wander into the uninhibited part of my brain. I think a lot people require that alone time in order to tap into our most authentic, emotional selves without the feeling of judgment. I like to call it a "metaphysical collision", when you can just sit and let your mind do its thing.
But from the more technical aspect, I simply prefer to work during the winter months because I can decipher colors a lot better in low lighting than I can in bright light.
Can you describe the process of your technique?
Most of my paintings are based on an image that I've taken away in my head, so I usually try to finish a piece in one sitting in order to keep the authenticity of that image and my emotions at that time. Of course I have to allow for drying time throughout each stage, but otherwise I really try to capture the moment and complete the image without the compromise of change over time.
Technique wise, I start with textured paper or canvas for my pastel pieces because you can go directly to color and blending. With oils, I always start with a baseline background color and then build from there, allowing drying time in between. I find a huge difference in the outcomes, pastel paint allows for more spontaneous ambition where as oils force you to take more time and think more broadly as you progress.
Your passion for philanthropy has also become a very personal mission for you. Tell us about that?
I have always been very active in advocating for a number of causes, but after my son was born with Hemophilia it obviously became very personal to me. I joined the New England Hemophilia Association and became very active in raising awareness for bleeding disorders and working with national organizations for better treatments and eventually a cure. In 2002, I became President and Chairman of the Board and although it's an unpaid, volunteer role it's an invaluable experience I wouldn't trade for the world.
How has your art helped with this mission?
I've used my art to both raise funds and raise awareness. Seeing that first success with the Toys-for-Tots fundraiser in 1992, I've continued to donate my paintings to various fundraising events throughout the years and the proceeds have been gone to the NEHA and other organizations as well. More recently, I've been focusing on a national and international effort to collaborate with other organizations and artists in using art for advocacy on all levels.
What are the next paintings we can look forward to?
I'm continuing to do more land and seascapes but the focus is more on beach sunsets. I've also been working on a more emotional, interpretive piece reflecting the pain and sacrifices of generations of families dealing with chronic illness. My goal is to impact people with on the emotional level, but to also portray a hopeful portrait of the progress we've made in the bleeding disorders community continuously striving for the greater good.
To find out more about Patrick Mancini and to view his collection of work go to http://pmancini.fineartstudioonline.com.
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