"During the course of my forty-five year career as an architectural
illustrator, I was fascinated and inspired by the exquisite, painterly
images of my predecessors using the time-honored medium of watercolor.
Although self-taught in my profession, I have applied my watercolor skills
to eventually achieve international renown and an aesthetic that
approaches their level. I was also inspired by the effortless, masterful
artworks of Sargent, Homer, Turner, Prendergast, Wyeth, Hiroshi, Zorn, and
Winthrop native and Sargent student, John Whorf. I admired the confident
manner of their artistry, and studied their color palettes, styles and
techniques. I adapted that influence and the diverse and creative
capacities from my illustration work to my own fine art watercolor work. I
initially practiced with small sketches to help break the visual prejudice
of technical, descriptive methods of architectural drawing.
many seminars with notable artists and authors Charles Reid, Jeanne Dobie,
Don Andrews, and Carleton Plummer, to watch their process and learn about
seeing - and interpreting - subjects in different ways. I now exercise
more liberties in selecting, or changing, many aspects of what I chose to
paint; and in more freely painting subjects, and applying the methods of
these admired artists, my own painting style emerged. I derived the most
satisfaction from painting en plein air - that is, primarily out of doors,
on location and in one sitting.
Intrigued by numerous subjects, I have
sketched, drawn, painted and experimented with cats, flowers, plants,
trees, water, birds, quick sketches of my family, parents, or friends, and
details or vistas of buildings - using a variety of media as well as
watercolor. My architecture training and illustration practice, together
with teaching design, perspective, and composition, all provided me with a
second sense for establishing views, drawing in proportion, interpreting
colors, values & depth, and finding a strong focus for my chosen subjects.
Having also been for many years an instructor of architectural drawing and
conducting illustration seminars for students and professionals in design
fields, I could readily demonstrate various watercolor techniques. I also
developed seminars in fine art watercolor for students at all levels. My
ability for effective seminar demos was a key factor for my own
explorations into a more vigorous and direct style of painting, and over
time, at much bigger sizes than I had ever before attempted. With over
fifty invited appearances by various groups, my demos have been in
constant demand as a result.
My painting preference remains en plein
air work, or alla prima (completed in one sitting) studio work, which
minimizes excessive analysis, and forces more intuitive and natural
responses to interpreting the moments of changing light, form and color.
Plein air work requires an intense facility in many aspects of seeing and
decisive painting, which work has increasingly become more comfortable and
freeing. The focus for expressing my vision now is a looser handling of
paint and color, less concern with accuracy of form, and discovering new
and fresh methods from the process.
I have obtained signature status
with both the New England and North East Watercolor Societies, and elected
membership in the Salmagundi Club of New York. I also sustain memberships
in and regularly exhibit work at a number of local galleries & art
associations, as well as selected galleries in the Northeast. I have
participated in Plein Air Easton MD, Cranford NJ, Castine ME, Ocean Park
ME, and St. Simons Island GA juried events, and Plein Air Magazine’s Expo
& Conference, Monterey, CA featuring selected artists of national stature;
as well as many regional and local plein air festivals. I also co-founded
and participated in the Plein Air Vermont (PAVT) event in North
Bennington. My work has been featured in Plein Air, Fine Art
Connoisseur, Cape Cod Art, Boston, and Architecture Boston
magazines, among others.
I continue a long association with Boston's
Charles River Conservancy (CRC), producing plein air work of scenes along
the Charles River to promote CRC's conservation programs. I have worked
with other Boston organizations, including The Esplanade Assoc., The
Friends of Copley Square, Boston Mayor’s Rose Garden Affair, Boston
University and others. Through South Street Gallery, I accept commissions
from agencies, institutions, and private parties for my watercolor works.
Since my first association with South Street Gallery in 2008, I have been
in numerous invited, themed or solo shows, and special live portrait and
painting demo events.
Frank had a solo exhibit at our Gallery on November 14, 2008. You can view images of his paintings 'here'.
Frank also participated in our exhibit called "Produce Art" on March 7, 2009. See the paintings 'here'.
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