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...