An Emotional Angle
Frank grew up in Europe and was mentored by Italian master painter Renato Casaro in 1994 and 95. In the ’80s and ’90s Frank worked as a professional illustrator on video cover sleeves and as a portrait artist by commission.
His love of travel has given him prime opportunities to paint: he lived for three years in the south of France, and has painted on location in Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.
Frank is an award-winning artist and Signature member of the National Watercolor Society. He currently serves as the 2nd Vice President (Traveling Exhibit). He is also a member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.
Frank conducts workshops and demonstrations locally and at the national level. His painting ‘Through the very heart of it’ is included in the 146th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society in New York City April 2 – 22, 2013.
He currently teaches at Graphaids, Westchester and at the Palos Verdes Art Center. In October, 2011 Frank sold out 3 all-day classes and a showroom floor demonstration at the Learning & Product Expo: Art! held at the Pasadena Convention Center.
Frank was recently accepted as an artist’s member by the prestigious California Art Club
He is married and lives in Redondo Beach, California.
Frank tells us about his work and vision
I paint what I see, but from an emotional angle.
Atmosphere and light are just the first steps. I see a ‘version’ of what is there. Rather than painting an accurate picture, I am more interested in capturing the underlying energy.
‘What makes this place’ and ‘how does it feel to be here’ are questions I ask myself. Only by working on location (en plein air) is it possible to be a student of Nature and her laws.
As shapes dissolve in patterns of value and light, the painting becomes more of a poetic statement rather than a literal representation. Ultimately, I am jotting down simple marks hoping to tell the story, heavily relying on the magic of the medium to help me. It doesn’t always work, which only deepens my addiction to it.
There is an undeniable connection to everything in life. As human beings we are all connected. While I am painting, I try to be mindful of that and also have those connections in my work.
Painting is my meditation, my refuge. It is in that timeless state, in those fleeting moments you cannot possible hold on to, that I feel whole and as though life actually makes sense. Just for a little while..
You can visit his WEBSITE for more information on works and workshops