Andrew J. Carafelli
By Julia C. Martinez
Andrew Carafelli’s passion for the American West gleams from the surface of his winning painting, “Morning Solitude.” His piece depicts a lone cowboy accompanied by his two best friends — a horse and a dog. They appear to be reflecting on the trials that the day would bring. “I tried to capture the emotion that ordinary people can identify with,” said Carafelli, a trial lawyer whose practice spans several Western states.
His piece, though ageless, captures a hint of contemporary conveniences. “Yes, that’s definitely a cup of coffee in his hand,” he emphasized. Like the practice of law, the painting relies on what Carafelli described as “attention to detail and attention to commitment and to doing a job well.”
“Morning Solitude” is an oil interpretation of a Carl Scofield photograph set in Summit County in the 1990s. It is a far cry from the Maryland of Carafelli’s roots. He grew up painting cityscapes and held his first public art show in seventh grade. “My artistic style has changed to Western over the years,” confessed the East Coast transplant.
His lifestyle, too, has changed: “I ride horses, own a dog. I’ve been on cattle drives — even ridden a few bulls,” Carafelli said, laughing. “I drank with (cowboys) in bars.”
The artist’s identification with the ineffable freedom that the American West exudes is unmistakable: “To me there is something very cathartic about being on a horse — a feeling of freedom, being out on the open range, no cares, no worries — just you and the horse.”