Gary Frisk

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Gary Frisk

Richmond Texas

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Medium: Oil on Canvas

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By Artist Gary Frisk

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By Artist Gary Frisk

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By Artist Gary Frisk

Artist Statement

“I started learning about art at an early age when visiting my grandmother, I would look in her art books and sit at her easel.  She oil painted like a master and I loved her work.  As one of life’s ironies, I never took any lessons from her.  I pursued a degree in engineering; however somewhere in my God given DNA, there was something that pressed me towards practicing art.  All my college notebooks are decorated with sketches of all types of subject matter and I have sketches that survived from high school.  I nurtured my interest by visiting museums and galleries; growing my realization that I wanted to oil paint”.

Bio

I always knew I could draw.  I started learning about art at an early age when visiting my grandmother, I would look in her art books and sit at her easel.  She oil painted like a master and I loved her work.  As one of life’s ironies, I never took any lessons from her. I pursued a degree in engineering; however somewhere in my God given DNA, there was something that pressed me towards practicing art.  My college notebooks are decorated with sketches of all types of subject matter and I have drawings and sketches that survived from high school.

In the fall of 2005, I took my first art class, Beginning Oil Painting, at the Glassel School of Art in Houston, Texas, as a way to spend time with my daughter.  I continued this formal training by eventually taking seven oil painting classes there.  In my limited sphere of knowledge, I felt I was progressing.  However, I realized I really knew nothing and needed to learn more from successful professional artists.  From online research, I found C. W Mundy.  Not knowing who he was, I took a workshop from him in 2013 and he completely opened my eyes to a whole new arena of art.  Since then, to further broaden my exposure and develop my skills, I have taken workshops from some of the best: V. Vaughan, Jeffrey C. Legg, Kathleen Dunphy, Stapleton Kearns and Joe Paquet.

Even while taking classes at Glassel, I knew I only wanted to focus my learning on and practice the traditional representational style of oil painting.

I plein air paint frequently.  I find this forces me to paint more often and I understand the benefits from painting directly from life rather than pictures.  Therefore, most of my pieces represents plein air.

I am continuing to put in the mileage; the never ending pursuit of growth and improvement.

Awards

Lone Star Art Guild Convention 2017 Honorable Mention in Category
Marble Falls Paint the Town 2017 2nd Place
Kerrville Outdoor Painting Event 2016 Best in Show
Oil Painters of America Summer Online Show 2015 Honorable Mention
Art League of Fort Bend Spring 2015 Best in Show
Lone Star Art Guild Convention 2015 1st Place in Category
Marble Falls Paint the Town 2015 5th Place
Lone Star Art Guild Convention 2014 3rd Place in Category
Art League of Fort Bend Fall 2013 Best in Show
Traditions Bank Show 2011

Affiliations Lone Star Art Guild   Art League of Fort Bend