Portrait testimonials


Absolutely Dug His Style

I met Rob Maniscalco first when his paintings were featured at a local gallery in West Ashley and absolutely dug his style. At the same time both realistic and surreal in a way I cannot quite beg, his paintings breathe life that isn’t exactly life. Like the impressionistic ghost of an image with colors more popping than the eye perceives, that’s his art. On top of that, he’s involved with some really cool projects and is all around a great guy. Whenever I see him, he’s been incredibly kind and funny and a bit goofy. He supports arts in Charleston 100%, so I find that very cool. He’s interested not only with sharing his work but uplifting the artistic visions/voices of others. I dig that. That being said, my favorite work is his portraits. Something he captures in the human expression speaks to me. Derek Berry
Derek Berry

Can Anyone Resist?

Can anyone resist Will Harvey? So many questions, so curious, so ready to become whatever he chooses.

I’ll stop here but I want you to know how very much I enjoyed your work and I’ll visit your site again for more of the same. R. Sue Dodea

R. Sue Dodea

Captured in a Split Second

portrait painter of little girlsThe McDonnell girls have been captured in a split second since there is no time when they are still. The younger sister, pigtails flying, her little feet still baffled by the intricacies of walking, is nearly lost within her voluminous pink dress. She has no concern for such things, there is so much to see and do. Her older sister barely notices her, lost in her own play, her graceful arm extended as she reaches out for more, more, more of whatever this life may be. She is poised and ready, a thinker and a doer.

R. Sue Dodea

Compelling Image

Next, young Carlton Campbell perched in the fork of a tree far older than he, possibly older than all of us. His face, his body, his clothing are all spotless with the inexperience of youth while the tree has been so frequently punished by nature as to seem a battered survivor, which is what we must all hope one day to be. The contrast of his perfect white little shoe that has taken so few steps with the ragged bark is a compelling image. From his expression, Master Campbell does not need to be rescued from the tree. He plans to climb many more, and bigger, and let nothing stop him in the ascent.


R. Sue Dodea


Tonight I was visiting M.L. Leiber’s website and he includes a link to your gallery. I thought I’d just stop by and take a glimpse. Hours later, it has been a great pleasure for me to view all of your portraits. The more of them I saw the more I could see the painter inside and outside which was a lot of fun. I don’t know how often someone tells you how much they like your work and mean they really looked at it. Add me to the list. There were several portraits that just enchanted me and make me want to show them to someone else and say “Look at this, look how he posed this, look at the light, the hand, the draping of cloth, the child’s doll — ” These are the portraits I’ll come back to see.


R. Sue Dodea

Graces Our Hearth

portraits of familiesThank you for the wonderful painting that graces our hearth. Roman Madgidenko

Roman Madgidenko

Captures the Essence

Thanks to Rob Maniscalco for sharing his artistic gift with us. We really love the portrait and can’t wait for friends and family to see it. We know that it will remain in our family forever. It captures the essence of Ryan and CJ at a very special time in their lives and we are so very pleased with the detail and quality of the portrait. Rob Maniscalco is truly gifted and we are thankful that he lent his talent and professionalism to us. Jeanette Franck

Jeanette Franck

Beautiful Portrait

Kay’s beautiful portrait sure served a timely purpose! It’s presence at her funeral was really special. I cannot tell you how much it means to me to walk by it in our hallway several times a day. Loving regards, Bill Ward

Bill Ward

Artistry of Your Efforts

E Ray Scott

Rob, a formal ‘thank you’ for the fine job you did on my portrait. It was quite obvious that there were many, many other issues going on in my life at the time. I didn’t fully appreciate the artistry of your efforts…not only in painting skills, but the ability to shed pounds as well! I have received numerous compliments. You know full well that it would not have come to fruition without the perseverance of E Ray and you. Robert O’Leary

Robert O

Memorializing My Son

portrait artist posthumousPlease forgive this somewhat impersonal method of communication but I wanted to contact you quickly. I am John Diebel’s brother and I just received your magnificent portrait of my son and me in our surgical attire. I was overcome by the fact that you captured so well the relationship. He was not only my son but also my colleague, confidant and best friend. We worked closely together in our medical practice for five years. I was truly blessed to have had this kind of a relationship with my son for the time that we had. Unfortunately, life takes some unexpected turns and his life was cut tragically short. Again, thank you so much for applying your gifts and talents to memorializing my son. Sincerely, N. Donald Diebel, Sr., MD

N. Donald Diebel, Sr., MD


Every time I look at those portraits, I think of the genius you are. Peter and Elizabeth look just like they did then. The detail in Sarah’s is amazing. Beth Dixon

Beth Dixon

Thank You for the Portrait

Russell and I would like to thank you for the portrait you did of me. I know that I will never have anything like it ever again. It’s very special to us and we so appreciate all of the hard works that you put into it. God Bless, Good Health, Jen Bartolotas

Jen Bartolotas

Thrilled and Delighted

I am thrilled and delighted with the portraits of my grandchildren and so is everyone who sees them, especially the children. Thank you for a job well done. Mae Gallagher

Mae Gallagher

Captured the Essence

portrait artist granoExcerpts from the speech given at the official presentation of Professor Joseph Grano’s portrait to the Wayne State Law School in 2003: On behalf of my family I thank you all for coming to my father’s portrait unveiling. . . I want to acknowledge Robert Maniscalco for the fine work he did in painting my father’s portrait. Robert demonstrated such professionalism in this portrait. He captured the essence of dad without ever meeting him. He spent much time hearing stories, looking at pictures, and building the persona in his mind so that his portrait could radiate dad’s character. . . This portrait will enlighten students and faculty to how important teaching was to him. It will also acquaint new students with the kind of professors Wayne Law desires. . . Finally, let me offer these words. As a current prospective law student whose traveled to many schools, I have not paid close attention to the portraits in the school’s halls. However, after considering what my father’s portrait says about the professors of Wayne, I realize the men and women whose portraits are hanging on the walls of a school are as much a part of the law school as the ones in the class rooms. In the next few months, I will consider schools’ legacies by paying closer attention to the portraits in their halls.  Daniel Grano

Daniel Grano
Wayne State Law School

We Treasure Every One

We will tune in on The Today Show on Thursday and can not wait till the day. Wow! How exciting for you and my hope is that the world finds out about your wonderful gift. We treasure every one of our portraits and today it’s the one thing we would stand heartbroken if we had a fire. So David took out a new insurance plan to replace the one we had.

Nora Mimms
Mimms Enterprises

This Could Not Have Gone Any Better

April Moore portrait artistMichael absolutely LOVED the portrait! I am so relieved. I really was very nervous about giving it to him-I was afraid it was egotistical of me but he actually said “after years of asking you finally gave it to me!” ( I think I told you he had wanted professional photos, etc. and I never had them done). He told me today that he is “obsessed” with commissioned artwork now and says he eventually wants one of all three of us together. This could not have gone any better and I really appreciate so much everything you have done. The more I look at the portrait, the more I love it. You really did do an amazing job. THANK YOU!!!!

April Moore

Truly a Treasured Item

portrait painter of little girlsI hope this email finds you and your family doing well. I wanted to touch base with you in regards to the portrait you did for my wife and I of our two daughters back around 2003. I was excited to see it featured on your web site. Your portrait of our girls continues to be the focal point of our living room and both Jill and I enjoy it daily. Your skill and mastery went beyond capturing just their likeness by also capturing their respective personalities. The painting is truly a treasured item for us.

Mike McDonnell



I love showing the portraits off. Everyone thinks they are amazing. It’s funny most people think that Bennett’s is right on and Audrey’s is


okay. But then there are others that think the exact opposite. Everyone has an opinion. All that matters is that I LOVE THEM, you have captured my babies on canvas and I am so grateful. They are framed and look great.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

AM Smihal

Our Treasured Family Heirloom

portrait artistWe all LOVE the portrait. It will be our treasured family heirloom forever. Thank you!!!!!

Chilton Simmons

You Captured Her Personality

portrait painter of womenThe department just unveiled your portrait of our previous Chair, Jan Lage. WONDERFUL.  I worked with her for almost 5 years and I think you caught more than just her appearance; you captured her personality.  She was a super Chair for this department but a frank, kind, informal person.  You got it.  Thanks.

Dr. Jerry Squires
MUSC Department of Pathology


Baby/Parent Charcoal sketches (with Conte) 9" x 12"THEY LOVE THE PORTRAITS! Thank you so much. So much joy on their faces when they saw what a beautiful job you did!

Jason Zwiker
Charleston City Paper

Wonderfully Positive Influence

I have experienced firsthand the wonderfully positive influence of having one of your portraits of myself influencing and inspiring my own dreams and self confidence. When I feel challenged, or worse, I look at that portrait and think, “she can do it! She can get through this, overcome this, win this battle.” Thank you, Robert Maniscalco for reminding me of who I really am.  Jan Titsworth

Jan Titsworth

Gifted Artist

Robert Maniscalco is a very gifted artist. He has done 2 magnificent large portraits of our 3 daughters. His detail is amazing and his style is wonderful. Thank you Rob, we enjoy these portraits daily and think of you. I strongly recommend to anyone reading this, if you want a magnificent portrait to pass on through the generations of your family, Rob is the artist worth commissioning. And he is kind and fun! We are so lucky and happy we have him as a friend. Oil portraits are such a great investment and so much more magnificent then large photos. With gratitude, Anthony and Theresa Selvaggio theresa selvaggio
theresa selvaggio

A Pleasure to Work With

I recently had the opportunity to work with Robert from afar. He is in Charleston, I am in New Orleans. Over a period of several months we shared lots of photos and ideas for layout. Robert was a pleasure to work with and even more fun when Tish and I traveled to Charleston to view the finished product and make final touches. I have recommended Robert to other members of my bench.

Ray Steib

America’s Best

I regard Rob Maniscalco’s art as some of America’s best! His portraiture is some of the most animated, alive creations I have ever seen. When I look into the eyes of his people, I feel that I can read them and their “lives,” as if they were standing in front of me in the flesh! He has a rare gift, and I am privileged to have his work in my library! I must also add that I am proud to share his genuine concern for the welfare of world humanity and its destiny which is so evident in his art! Rob Litchfield
Rob Litchfield

Expertise and Wisdom

Thank you for sharing your incredible expertise and wisdom. As a portrait student, I’ve been refreshed and revived and inspired by your teaching. I’d endorse you any day! Artistically yours, — Mary Hoffman

Eye for Seeing Right On

Your eye for seeing this child was right on. He is an extremely intelligent young man. He is a builder, wants to be an engineer.  He builds cities in his house with train sets, building blocks of all kinds.

I really do appreciate you and what this instruction is doing to lift up my artwork to a higher level. As an artist, this has been a dream come true, to be able to understand light and shadows. You’re a very special teacher. I thank you. — Marueen Gonsalez

My Heart is Truly Full

Just a thankful “Thank you.” I have my grandson’s portrait on my table inside my foyer of my home. I love this little guy more. It will be hard for me to send it to my daughter now, lol. Thank you Robert! My heart is truly full! I shall remember you as a “knight in shining armor!” The way you paint reminds me of that era, for some reason. Your talent is truly amazing. — Maureen Gonzalez

Maureen Gonzalez

It’s Gorgeous

wilkinsonOh MYYYYY, you’re making me fall in love all over again! That’s fantastic brutha! (tear in my eye). Luv U. It’s gorgeous!!! You’re the best! Absolutely wonderful!
Looking forward to receipt of the masterpiece and displaying for all to see. Such a fantastic happy loving portrait Robbie, very happy indeed. Thanks again for the the love you put into it 🙂 will be a joy for years/decades to come. Jason Wilkinson

Jason Wilkinson