Ralph Garafola has made a living as a commercial illustrator and fine artist for more than 65 years. He brings his style of contemporary realism to his oil and watercolor paintings of portraits, landscapes, seascapes, still life and animals/pets. He traveled throughout the southern United States, Italy and France in search of new subjects and locations for future paintings while studying the Old Masters.
“I was always drawing something on brown paper bags. My grandfather would tell me stories about the Italian Navy and being stationed on square rigger sailing ships. I remember drawing those ships.”
“All my paintings are portraits. Whether my subject is a person, landscape, seascape, still life or pet, my approach is to portray my subject in its natural environment. It outs the viewer inside the painting. My paintings realistically depict what nature has created.”