Featured Artist: Frank Gardner!

One of My Favorite Places by Frank Gardner 24×30″ Oil

Frank Gardner. I’ve loved Frank’s work from the moment I saw it! This guy is seriously talented! His work is even more amazing in person. Images can only go so far in relaying just how fabulous his paintings are. His color palette is perfection to me.  The violets and greens are stunning and that sky!! Wow! I’ve never been to San Miguel de Allende, in Mexico, where he lives – but you can see the inspiration that he sees daily. His paintings reflect his love of where he lives. Simply brilliant!

See more of Frank’s work via these links:

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Frank Gardner was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986 with a BFA in Painting. A desire to find true inspiration for his paintings eventually led him to relocate to Mexico in 1990. His studio is in San Miguel de Allende, where he resides.
Gardner’s painting style adeptly captures his subject’s mood, whether it be a dramatic landscape, colorful Mexican street scene or boats in a harbor. The combination of confident brushwork, dynamic compositions and lively color invokes true character in Frank’s work. Although Mexico inspires a large amount of Frank’s paintings, his diverse subject matter includes landscapes from across the United States as well as a recent series of steam locomotives, automobiles, and industrial machinery.
Gardner is represented by several fine galleries in the US and Mexico and his work is part of numerous fine collections across North America and Europe.

Artist’s Statement

My paintings are interpretations of my experiences. They come from the desire to share the beauty that I see every day by arranging bits of color and ideas to tell a story. Drawn to the colors of fleeting light effects on the landscape I try and accurately represent color I see. However, I also interpret and push color if it is useful to convey how the scene makes me feel. Color combinations and juxtapositions are a lot of what make a subject appealing to me. I look for situations that are unique to a particular place at a certain time, depending on lighting conditions, but also filtered through my mood at the time a piece is painted.

Painting in a representational style, and influenced by the impressionists, I am drawn to fleeting light effects and color while sometimes sacrificing detail. A controlled chaos or loose spontaneity is my favored look, although each color and stroke is well thought out and carefully placed. My goal is to convey to the viewer my feelings about the scene through my use of color and brushwork. I’ll let the subject and my mood determine how much detail is required to complete each painting.

Paint application is important to me. It is a very personal facet of my work. An artists brushwork and paint handling is what sets their work apart from another artist’s interpretation of the same view. It is as unique as a fingerprint. I not only brush paint on, but lift it off, or smear it with a finger or paint rag. It is often the lifting off of the paint or moving it around after it is on the canvas that gives the look I am after.

Read more about Frank via the BIO link above – Catch you back here tomorrow!


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