Pete Spampinato started his second career as a sculptor when he retired after 35 years as president of Capitol Machine Inc., the precision machining and engineering firm he founded to manufacture prototypes for aerospace, computer, medical equipment, and other industries.
Requests from his grandkids to make dinosaurs and a fascinating safari to Kenya fueled his enthusiasm to create wild animals. “The trip to Africa marked a turning point for me when I experienced firsthand the hardships and loving emotional relationships animals have with one another. This is when I started sculpting in the hope that I could capture animals’ emotions that are similar to our own.” The precision, accuracy, and 3D problem-solving skills that his business demanded helped to make him a successful sculptor.
Working in bronze and resin, he has sculpted a world of elephants, lions, foxes, giraffes, and zebras. He makes all his own molds, and when cast, he uses acrylic paints to bring his animals to life. They exhibit emotions ranging from protecting their young to stalking their prey. He has recently turned his creative imagination to human figures, rendering them in clear resin. Much harder to work with than standard resin, once cast, he leaves some areas clear and sandblasts others to enhance their visual interest.
Pete has been a member of the Newburyport Art Association for more than seven years. He is also a member of the New England Sculptors Association (NESA) and The Brush Art Gallery and Studios. He was NESA treasurer for five years.
To contact Pete, email him at [email protected]