After 27 years of living in the Patchogue community, artist Dan Fusco is displaying several of his portraits in Patchogue-Medford Library for the first time.
The paintings can be found on the lower level of the library near Meeting Room A&B, and will be there through the month of July.
Fusco, 64, often paints portraits of people, landscapes and still life pieces. He has previously shown his work at CW Post, the Main Street Gallery in Huntington, the Deer Park Library and at various art shows.
The portraits, which have a realistic look to them, usually take a few weeks to create – with the process beginning with taking photos of the subject.
“I maybe take 25 or 30 photos, maybe more,” Fusco said. He then reviews them all to pick the one that his work will be based on.
The portraits themselves though do not strictly follow the photo, Fusco said, as the background and other details my change during the process.
The inspiration for his work varies, often involving a person, a gesture or (in the case of a landscape) a mood.
“Human beings can be endlessly fascinating,” Fusco said.
Should a child visiting the exhibit (since it’s very close to the Children’s Department) decide they want to get into art after viewing the portraits, Fusco advises to start off by sketching as much as possible, emphasizing quantity at first.
“It’s better to do 20 paintings that are small and quick than labor over one painting for ages,” Fusco said.
This way, someone learning how to get into art can learn the fundamentals through experience, and build up toward bigger projects.
For more information on Dan Fusco or to contact him for portraits, visit his website at www.danfusco.com. He can also be reached by phone at (631) 790-3970.