PHIL CUSUMANO - Art

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PHIL CUSUMANO Art Music : European Jazz Trio ( Pearlfisher -Bizet) Author : Beatrice Vaisman

      Phil Cusumano, a marine artist and sea captain, has lived the life of his subject matter, commercial fishing. He is currently an artist member of the American Society of Marine Artists (A.S.M.A.), a Professional Artist member of the International Society of Marine Painters  (I.S.M.P.) and seARTS (Society for the Encouragement of the Arts). His work documents the fishing industry from the era of the tall ships to the present day.  His images range from life aboard a fishing dragger to the Gloucester skyline in 1905.  A whale’s tail breaking the water jumps out of another image, while a more serene image depicts a fishing vessel out of the water awaiting repair at the Gloucester Marine Railways. Phil is also a skilled still life artist. His still life paintings have the same level of detail you have come to expect from him. They are as realistic and detailed as his marine art.  Born and raised in Gloucester, MA Phil has had a long love affair with the ocean.  His father owned and operated commercial fishing vessels in Gloucester for fifty years. At the early age of thirteen, Phil started fishing during summer vacations on his father’s commercial draggers. He graduated from Gloucester High School in 1969 and fished full time on his father’s boats.  “But I was always drawing, even out at sea”.  As a boy he loved to create drawings of automobiles, which he would send to General Motors in Detroit. He states  “they even sent a letter back stating they liked my designs and that I had a mastery of pencil sketching.  They even wanted to send me to school in California”.  He honed his artistic skills when he studied at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston in 1965. As part of commercial and design programs he learned more about how to incorporate design composition and illustration in his work.  He also worked with Rockport artist, John Terelak.  He soon felt the call of the sea and returned to commercial fishing and became the captain of his father’s second boat.  His experiences in commercial fishing span nineteen years and took him from Portland, ME to Martha’s Vineyard, MA to 200 miles offshore.:

        P hil Cusumano, a marine artist and sea captain, has lived the life of his subject matter, commercial fishing. He is currently an artist member of the American Society of Marine Artists (A.S.M.A.), a Professional Artist member of the International Society of Marine Painters  (I.S.M.P.) and seARTS (Society for the Encouragement of the Arts). His work documents the fishing industry from the era of the tall ships to the present day.  His images range from life aboard a fishing dragger to the Gloucester skyline in 1905.  A whale’s tail breaking the water jumps out of another image, while a more serene image depicts a fishing vessel out of the water awaiting repair at the Gloucester Marine Railways. Phil is also a skilled still life artist. His still life paintings have the same level of detail you have come to expect from him. They are as realistic and detailed as his marine art.  Born and raised in Gloucester, MA Phil has had a long love affair with the ocean.  His father owned and operated commercial fishing vessels in Gloucester for fifty years. At the early age of thirteen, Phil started fishing during summer vacations on his father’s commercial draggers. He graduated from Gloucester High School in 1969 and fished full time on his father’s boats.  “But I was always drawing, even out at sea”.  As a boy he loved to create drawings of automobiles, which he would send to General Motors in Detroit. He states  “they even sent a letter back stating they liked my designs and that I had a mastery of pencil sketching.  They even wanted to send me to school in California”.  He honed his artistic skills when he studied at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston in 1965. As part of commercial and design programs he learned more about how to incorporate design composition and illustration in his work.  He also worked with Rockport artist, John Terelak.  He soon felt the call of the sea and returned to commercial fishing and became the captain of his father’s second boat.  His experiences in commercial fishing span nineteen years and took him from Portland, ME to Martha’s Vineyard, MA to 200 miles offshore.

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