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