I have been painting more spontaneously and intuitively lately.
Biography: After graduating from college with a degree in painting in 1985, Frank Gregory spent several years painting houses and working as a picture framer, making paintings at nights and on weekends. A native of New England, and an avid hiker and backpacker, Frank spent those years painting outside in all seasons working from the coast to the mountains. In 1986 he carried a backpack for two months hiking 350 miles of the Appalachian Trail through the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont. There he carried his oils and turpentine along with everything else he needed in a fifty pound backpack. Using a small home-made easel / box that could hold four wet paintings at a time, Frank would mail them home at small town post offices as they dried. Several years later his interest shifted to creating small abstract paintings. After creating literally hundreds of these paintings, the work ultimately evolved into being night images of cities and county fairs, depicting artificial light and mysterious silhouettes. These paintings sharpened his sensitivity for color and light and pushed further his ability to portray subtle emotion and atmosphere within a landscape format. From 2000 through 2003 Frank used all the visual thinking and skills he developed from plein-air landscape painting, combined with the physical demands and shear scale of house painting to create habitat murals for the Great Falls Discovery Center, a US Fish & Wildlife Nature Center in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. There he painted eleven murals totaling 2000 square feet depicting the various habitats along the Connecticut River Watershed from the Canadian border to Long Island Sound. Currently, Frank is again focusing on his first love, plein-air painting of the New England landscape. The experience of painting 2000 square feet of highly accurate habitat murals taught him many things about painting the landscape that he is now using in his on site landscape paintings. Frank lives in Greenfield with his wife and their two daughters. His studio is on two floors of an old mill building on the Green River where he has a painting studio, a woodshop and a fully equipped custom frame shop, Green River Frameworks. These days when he is not outside painting the landscape or framing someone else’s artwork he is working on his old house, helping with homework or listening to his family's horse stories.
Country: United States
Site: Frank Gregory Studios
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