Welcome to the QuadCities.com Virtual Art Gallery! In this feature, we’re spotlighting area artists and their work. Every Tuesday we’ll feature a new local artist.

It’s free and our way of showcasing awesome area artists and allowing them to include a link to their own online gallery or patreon! If you’d like to be included in the gallery, just send your bio, a headshot pic of yourself and up to a half-dozen .jpgs of your art to Sean@QuadCities.com. We look forward to adding YOU to the gallery!

Our first artist to be featured is…

Tom Vaccaro is an artist who specializes in capturing the accurate likeness and spirit of portrait subjects.

As he told us, “While I has created many likenesses of people and pets in my hometown Quad City area, I am most proud to say that my work also hangs in the homes of such notables as Ringo Starr,  Mickey Rooney, the Smothers Brothers, Kenny Rogers and Olivia Newton-John.  As my collection of genuine autographs attests, my portraits have afforded me the opportunity to become acquainted with legends such as Red Skelton, Milton Berle and Bob Hope. Paul McCartney owns five of my creations.

“Please visit my gallery at https://www.facebook.com/tom.vaccaro.portraits/?ref=bookmarks 

Here are some of Tom’s portraits:

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Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.