Cliff Potenza was born in Coney Island and grew up in Westbury, NY during the early 50s and 60s, a time when a kid could ride a bike from Westbury to the Long Island Sound by way of two lane roads and polo fields. He built his first sailboat, a 20′ sloop, as a junior in high school, and learned to sail in Oyster Bay. He bought his first sailboat in the 70s and after that, has always had one.
Over the past 50 years he has acquired a love and respect for the water and passion for sailing. He has sailed the Long Island Sound, the Atlantic, the South Pacific, the Adriatic, and after retiring in 1995, the Caribbean from Tortola to Trinidad.
Potenza has never had any formal art training but has always been able to draw, though, he hadn’t thought about painting until a 2002 art show in Palm Beach. His wife saw some paintings she wanted to buy, he thought they were too expensive and blurted out, “I can do that!” He has been painting ever since: boats in churning seas and scenes from his travels.
Potenza lives in New York in the summer and Stuart, Florida in the winter. His work can be found in the Firefly Artist Gallery in Northport, NY and at the Rare Earth Gallery in Stuart, FL. He can be reached at (516) 443-7797 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out his work at Book Revue for the month of January.
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Every month at Book Revue, we feature a local artist who we feel will interest or intrigue our customers.
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