Artist Profile: Vail Pagliarani

Cape Cod Art  /  ART Annual 2022 /

Writer: Julie Craven Wagner / Photographer:

The Sagamore Bridge • Belgian Linen • 18" x 24" Cape Cod native Vail Pagliarani is known for expressive painterly landscapes and coastal marines. He had the good fortune to study with two noteworthy instructors. First, with the accomplished illustrator and marine painter Marshall Woodside Joyce while attending Butera School of Art in Boston. At Marshall Joyce’s urging and encouragement, Vail entered and won his first serious award at the age of 18 while still a student at the venerable Copley Society of Art. After initially honing his drawing and painting skills to become a commercial illustrator earlier in his career, his interest gradually transitioned to fine art and contemporary realism.  Later, during a more mature phase, he met his second noteworthy mentor, the dean of the Boston School, Robert Douglas Hunter. Hunter’s pedigree goes all the way back to an impressive lineage of traditional atelier training and a continuous disciplined connecting thread—practices which are unfortunately diminishing in modern times. The progenitors of the Boston School who influenced Hunter and by proxy, Pagliarani, include Ives Gammell, William Paxton, Frank Benson, Tarbell, Dennis Miller Bunker and John Singer Sargent—a veritable list of Who’s Who in American art—19th and 20th century iconic masters.  The East Boat Marina, Sandwich • Belgian Linen • 20" x 16" Hunter became a good friend to Pagliarani, and his insightful critiques were instrumental in elevating the dedicated artist’s work to a higher level. Pagliarani says Hunter’s influence left him with a unique understanding of the process of painting, “Merely depicting a realistic representation of a landscape or marine scene is not the primary goal. Evoking an emotional connection, something inspired from that wordless center that a painter feels, the joy of expressing what Mother Nature is offering and then interpreting it in the manner that moved you in…

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Julie Craven Wagner

Julie Craven Wagner has been a contributing writer to Cape Cod LIFE for a number of years and the editor of Cape Cod HOME since 2016. She also serves on the editorial board for Cape Cod ART. Growing up on the Outer Cape has given her a unique perspective of life on Cape Cod, from tip to bridge, and that is reflected in her appreciation and presentation of stories found within the pages of our publications. Julie lives in North Falmouth with her husband, Eric, and their yellow lab, Bode. When she finds free time, she enjoys her Cape Cod life sailing on Buzzards Bay, spending time on the beach in Wellfleet, or exploring Martha’s Vineyard.

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