An award-winning writer and an award-winning artist, Michael B. Paolercio is a self-taught artist, who first picked up a pencil back in July of 2006. Having worked at The Cincinnati Enquirer for more than 10 years, he covered many beats in sports from high schools to Xavier University basketball to the beat reporter on the Cincinnati Reds and professional baseball for more than 10 years. He was named Prep Sportswriter of the Year in Ohio several times. He won the Ohio Associated Press Best Breaking Sports Story (1988, Tom Browning’s Perfect Game). Since the late 1980s, Michael has worked for the LaRosa’s company as Committee Chairman for the LaRosa’s High School Hall of Fame, a position he currently holds.
"Those who tell the stories rule the world.”
-- Hopi American Indian Proverb
Story-telling is the most ancient of all traditions. It still fascinates me today and I strive to accomplish that in my art work. My favorite art tells a story. It may be my story. Or the viewer may interpret the same painting with his or her story. It’s the story that counts. Art should speak to you and touch your soul. If I am so fortunate to do that with my paintings, then I have done what I set out to do.