Michael Valeroso creates unique pieces of art out of pumpkins. (Provided)
Carving is an art, says Michael Valeroso
A helicopter mechanic has turned his passion for pumpkin carving into an art and is making a name for himself in the Halloween circuit.
Michael Valeroso says carving pumpkins is not just a game but “a way to create a unique piece of art”.
“It’s pretty cool to see the pumpkin developing a ‘personality’ after carving its exterior skin,” Valeroso told The Richmond News ahead of his appearance at McArthur Glen outlet on October 27 using a 200-pound pumpkin.
“And I always enjoy using my imagination to create something and seeing people’s reactions.”
Valeroso said his interest in pumpkin carving started at a YVR Halloween event in 2008.
A self-taught carver, he watches tutorial videos and carving pumpkins at home. In addition, he watches an American reality pumpkin-carving competition show, Halloween Wars.
People enjoyed the carver’s work at the Mission Save-on Foods. (Mission City Record.com))
Valeroso has sculpted funny-looking pumpkins not only for shopping malls but also for the BC Children’s Hospital.
“I hope my artwork can help children forget pain,” said Valeroso.