vincepagliaroli - artist, painter, decoy carver, sign maker
Vincent A. Pagliaroli   (b. 1950)
     At an early age I was drawn to art & the outdoors.  I came from a long line of hunters & fishermen on my mother's side, & independent salt-of-the-earth people on my father's side.  Very good food - and good wine - flowed from both sides.
     Fishing began when I was 5 or 6, hunting when I was 9.  The water fowl bug bit me in a goose blind at Pymatuning in 1964, & my life changed thereafter.  From that day on I pretty much dedicated my life to waterfowl & waterfowling.  Most guys my age wanted a hot car & a hot girlfriend & a decent job.  I wanted a model 12 duck gun, a duck boat, & a 4-wheel drive.
     The transition from painting watercolors of decoys to actually carving my own decoys happened in 1982.  The many waterfowling trips I took near & far opened my eyes to different species, hunting methods & decoys.  Especially decoys...
     As a student of all things that interest me I love to read & to learn.  Canvas covered decoys have always intrigued me because they work.  I somehow think they are the perfect marriage of hunting & art, because of the "canvas".  Stretching canvas is tedious work that feels artistic.  Wood, canvas, cork, & oil paints have their own feel, their own earthy sensuality that sparks imagination & the passion to create.
     A solitary stretch of river or stream, fall colors all around, a few canvas wood duck decoys, my 16 ga model 12, & my well-worn duckin' attire, & I'm a happy man. 
     "Hunters are always reliving past hunts, & the train of memory keeps taking them further back to their own beginnings."  ~Geoffrey Norman
     Joe Lincoln is the carver I admire the most because of his fierce independence & style.  He got the most from the least, & never embellished.  He had style & a vivid imagination.  A true American artist & tinkerer.
     I've strived to make every type of decoy (canvas, wood & cork) made in North America.  It's been an enjoyable journey.  A self-bailer is next.
     If my work appeals to you, please feel free to contact me.  I've got 46+ years of waterfowling stories to share.  Almost all of them are true...
Gunning Swan
from my personal rig
in various stages of completion
contacting Vince
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