Mike Schiavone is a painter that lives and works in the North Side of Pittsburgh. His work has been featured in several private collections and galleries, both locally and in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mike's other artistic endeavors include designing and implementing displays for national retailers American Eagle, Anthropologie, and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. The artist has been inspired and influenced by classical painting, but credits his years spent living in New Orleans with shaping him as a painter. Mike's time in the Crescent City taught him about perfect moments frozen in time, and that the extraordinary can be found in the ordinary. His current body of work explores the interaction of light and glass, and the textures of nature's bounty. In this series, the viewer experiences vignettes that facilitate a tactile experience within the mind's eye. These idealized objects elicit sensory memories of the feel of smooth glass, raised letters on that slick surface, the softness of a flower petal, and the plump ripeness of fresh fruit.