Enjoying some family fun backstage. July 2015
The "Flying Coconuts" 2012. L to R. Johnny Pikula, Voss Fernandes, myself and Brian (Smitty) Smith
"Just for Fun" photos with my family and some great friends.
Jamming with my friends in Canandaigua. John Pikula, myself, Joe Rizzo and Voss Fernandes May 2011
One of my other favorite things to do. Canandaigua Lake - September 2013
Making a little music with my friends: Front row: L to R Joe Cirillo (Keys/Vocals), Tom Hyzy (Lead guitar/Vocals), Back row: L to R Ray Soto (Percussion/Vocals), Sue Matthews (Vocalist), Gary Andreeff (Drums), John Pikula (Drums), Vinnie Ricotta (Drums), Rick Mathews (Bassist) "The Awesome Garage Band" June 2014
While it is true that I have many interests and a number of hobbies...all of which I enjoy
immensely, few things in life bring me more pleasure then when I am creating a piece of art.
Carving is one of my life's most relaxing and rewarding pleasures. I have been fortunate, (maybe even a little lucky) that some of my work has been recognized over the years both nationally and internationally. It is an honor to be featured in magazines and books, at trade shows and on Youtube etc. and I am certainly proud of those things, but I am more interested in and truthfully forever humbled by the incredible talents of those artists who surround me. I admire them and they inspire me to keep learning new things. I must admit that the ultimate satisfaction for me has always been sharing my work with others. Teaching or demonstrating the art of woodcarving and experiencing the joy and excitement that one of my carved pieces brings to others.....well that's the most rewarding part.
I hand carve guitars in my Buffalo New York work shop. I also enjoy carving "found wood",
"driftwood", "bark" and other natural wood mediums. Creating a meaningful custom piece of
art that is valued by others...well there is no better feeling. A bonus for me is sharing these experiences with my family. It's a privilege to be in the audience or back stage during a concert performance where one of my guitars are being played. Seeing and hearing them brought to life by the artists who play them is truly the icing on the cake. It is a part of what makes this such a gratifying art form.
"Ricotta Custom" guitars have been featured: