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Rising Stars: Meet John D’Acquisto

Today we’d like to introduce you to John D’Acquisto. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Hi John, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started drawing in 1996 and continued on with my craft. I started using pencil and focusing on space learning about anatomy how to draw people in motion. Just the basics 101 art I took classes in 1996 in art and design art. Using different mediums like pencil, Pen, and charcoal really gave me a perspective of shading without color. Then my next step was to use color pencils and pens. I really like what I was seeing and my creations began to rise in promise. I then advanced my art mediums to water color and acrylic paints. Is was al very interested in digital art IOS and PC formats but it had not really gotten to a place that I like more than Paints and pens. As time went on and new product mediums came forth I began testing my craft with IOS iPad and iPencil Procreate as well as other programs like Microsoft Studio. I found a hole new world of art the clarity was amazing the pictures came to life and when you made a mistake you just hit the back button and corrected it rather than destroy a piece or paint over it. Today I have found that you have to still work with other mediums and don’t be so focused on one type of medium like digital.

Today, I feel I have established myself among the art world and I have many satisfied followers of my work. I have learned to market myself well to match my schedule. I try to finish a piece a day if possible. Sometimes that can’t happen but I still try. Being inspired to do a piece is easy as I like many different subject from Still life to abstract Sports art, scenery, western art, and most of all doing tribute to my fallen brothers in Major League Baseball which has become a very popular series for people to see and gives a proper send off to my brothers in the game.
With the amount of work and commissioned projects I find myself rather busy and adjusting my schedule is probably the most difficult thing for me to do.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
After his retirement, D’Acquisto became a registered investment advisor-banker based in California. He built a successful business and seemed content with his post-baseball career, but in 1995 he was indicted for trying to pass off a forged $200 million certificate of deposit as collateral on a deal with Prudential Securities and was subsequently convicted of four counts of conspiracy, forgery, and wire fraud and sentenced to 63 months in prison. In 1999, he pled guilty to additional charges related to using $1.3 million in investor funds to purchase racehorses, cars, and other personal property and received an additional 55 months that ran concurrently with no additional time served. He served four years.

D’Acquisto has consistently stated that he was not responsible for any purported fraud and believes that his court documents spelled it out clearly. He has since cleared his name and re-built his reputation.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am now based out of a ​Phoenix art studio focused on color & black and white pencil sketches using iPad, PC and art paper sketching mediums acrylic paint pens and watercolor as well as a stylus called Adobe Ink and Slide Procreate apple IPen for IPad pro 2 Microsoft visual Studio, Paint Most of the artwork is sports-related Major League Baseball and wildlife, and old-world Scenes, with a touch of Western artwork and Indian Art as well as many other custom pieces. I have been commissioned by WINSTAR, LLC the owners of JUSTIFY and did a piece called Crossing the Finish line Triple Crown Winner Belmont Stakes. Licensing agreement through MLBPAA Vendor, MLB, MLBPA First Choice…

Baseball Major League Baseball players in action as well as Vintage shots of Hall of Famers and collectors’ items, fan-filled stadiums and images that share the “Love of the game.”

Wildlife Sketches

​Sketches of the beautiful wildlife that has been granted to us to enjoy and respect captured in full detail as never seen before.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
Art changes to what the artist presents in his or her work. Due to the pandemic COVID 19 people are showing an interest in art again at a higher rate than usual. I try to take the art lover to a place or a memory. Or take them where they have never been before.

I see the art industry changes to digital medium with many artists enjoying this medium and developing their talents, displaying unbelievable pieces of artwork; which has enabled those juice to flow. So are doing digital pieces and then embellishing them with acrylic paint very similar to what Peter Max did in the 70’s; but remember the mediums may change but the true renaissance man or woman will always delve into paint acrylic, oil, watercolor like I frequently do.

Pricing:

  • Average pricing from 150.00 8×10’s price usually goes up 50.00 for next size up
  • 600.00 for the larger sizes 20 x 30, $1,200.00 36 x 40 I do all sizes so case by case applies
  • $2,500 for book covers murals $10,000

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Image Credits
Microsoft Images Google free images Self taken pictures by Me

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