We live in an incredible world full of natural beauty, timeless moments, and stunning human-made vistas. From Santa Cruz to the world beyond, my passion is sharing visions of all those things we sometimes don’t have time to appreciate.
As a self-taught photographer, my artwork is a mix of patience, planning, creative angles, multiple exposures, and hours in the digital darkroom. Each finished piece represents the vibrant memory of a perfect moment.
Living in Santa Cruz County has provided me with a lifetime of inspiration and has led to numerous professional accomplishments. Over the years, my artwork has been featured in galleries, newspapers, magazines, calendars, and private collections around the world.
Above all else, I am eternally grateful for the loving support of my wife and three sons. It was their encouragement all those years ago that led me to begin seriously pursuing “the beauty of the moment,” as I’ve often said.
Often, our busy lives don’t allow us to experience many of these moments… moments that ground us and connect us to something greater than ourselves. Through my art, I strive to connect you, the viewer, to the natural beauty of the world around us.
Along those lines, I would love to connect with YOU! Where do you find the beauty of the moment? What’s your passion? Where can I see some of your favorite photographs?
I hope to hear from you.
~ Tony Pagliaro
Why are we so passionate about the beauty of nature?
Why does a sunrise trigger such a powerful emotion? And why do we turn to nature when we seek peace, quietness, and time to reflect on where we are in life and where we are going from here?
It’s for this reason I chose to be an artist, to use my unique ability to visualize and create stunning images that, like a tuning fork, can bring harmony between you and nature.
For me, a work of art is primarily the product of a person, not of a machine.
For this reason, a photograph printed straight from a single original capture, either film or digital, can be unsatisfying. Such an image represents the output and limits of the camera rather than the expression of my emotions.
To satisfy my creativity, I first create images in my mind.
Whether it’s a landscape or subject, I take the time to study it, for minutes, hours, or sometimes even days… as long as it takes for me to feel and visualize a new and unique expression of my emotions. For example, I might have to be at a certain location at a particular time of the day with just the right light and weather conditions, or it could mean taking multiple captures and combining them into a single image to overcome the exposure limitations of the camera.
Nonetheless, I try to complete as much of the image with the camera, lens, and technical expertise first, then finish the picture with post processing.
On the level of image adjustments, I first adjust the global color balance and the global contrast of the picture to my taste. I then focus on individual colors and work towards making them the exact tonalities that I desire. Similarly, I adjust the contrast so that it reflects the feeling of open, or glowing light, or dark, mysterious shadows according to my visualized image.
On occasion, I may clone out elements that I deem unaesthetic. These items may be unnatural artifacts or anything that may negatively impact the feel or emotion of the final image.
~ Tony Pagliaro
2019 Festival Schedule
Scotts Valley Art, Beer, and Wine Festival
Saturday and Sunday
August 17 & 18, 2019 10am – 5:00pm
Click here for more information about this years festival.
Capitola Art & Wine Festival
Saturday and Sunday – Booth 77 & 78
September 14-15, 2019 10am – 6pm
Click here for more information about the Capitola Art & Wine Festival.
Join us in Capitola Village this weekend for the 2nd Annual Capitola Beach Festival. Be sure to ...stop into the Gallery while you are here in the Village.
More details at https://www.facebook.com/Capitolabeachfestival
Fall has arrived so we want to share our favorite Fall colors. This beautiful reflective water is ...North Lake in Bishop, CA. "Reflections of the Soul" is on display in the Gallery. Stop in to enjoy the beauty of this peaceful fine art piece.
OUR FREE SEPTEMBER GIVE AWAY is a 12 x18 print of this beautiful capture of "Sunset at ...Capitola Beach.” SIGN UP for our email newsletter on our webpage to be eligible and remember to OPEN our emails. LIKE our page here on FB and Follow on Instagram so you don't miss any of our new releases. The Giveaway will be LIVE ON FACEBOOK Thursday, October 7th. Share this opportunity with your Friends. Good Luck! Sign Up at www.tonypagliarogallery.com
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Today is the last Sunday of Summer and it's a beautiful sunny day in Capitola Village. Come ...visit us here in the Gallery and enjoy the beauty of this capture of "Our Second Venice." Then take a walk to view these beautiful, colorful homes just steps away from the Gallery.
NEW IN THE GALLERY - Tony is debuting his "Into the Light" art piece in the Gallery this ...weekend. The soft light shining through the Eucalyptus trees illuminates the curving railroad track and sets a very peaceful tone to this piece. As you gaze at this soft image, one might ponder what lies around the bend. Stop into the Gallery this weekend to experience the peacefulness of "Into the Light."
We had such a great time last weekend seeing so many past clients and making new friends at the ...Capitola Art and Wine Festival. Thank you to all who joined us at the booth and in the Gallery located in the heart of Capitola Village. Come visit us Thursday - Monday.
It's Time!! The 2021 Capitola Art and Wine Festival has begun. Come visit us at the Tony ...Pagliaro booth near the Festival entrance on Monterey Avenue as well as in our Tony Pagliaro Gallery on San Jose Avenue. It's a FUN weekend in Capitola Village!
Tomorrow as we honor the memories of those taken from us and the heroic efforts of our First ...Responders in the tragic events of 9/11, now 20 years ago, we encourage you to wear our country's colors of Red, White, and Blue. We will honor the Red, White, and Blue here in the Gallery. We Will Never Forget!
In less than 48 hours our Capitola Village-by-the-Sea will be hosting thousands of guests enjoying ...the Capitola Art and Wine Festival. We're excited to have a Tony Pagliaro booth near the entrance to the Festival on Monterey Avenue as well as being open here in the Gallery on San Jose Avenue. Plan to come enjoy the Festivities this Saturday and Sunday.
Good Morning Capitola! It's another beautiful Sunday in Capitola. Come on down to the Village ...to enjoy the beauty ... and while you are here, stop into the Gallery to enjoy some amazing Fine Art Photography.