Why everyone should own art........(any art, but it would be really cool if it was my art)
- Reason #1 Because people will think you’re sophisticated, intelligent and really cool. Seriously, case in point: There is an apartment in the neighborhood that has a painting immediately visible as soon as you open the front door. (it’s actually one of my pieces, but that’s not the point). The owner says that easily 75% of the time, when someone comes to visit, the first thing they say is a comment (almost always positive) about the artwork.
- Reason #2 Art will awaken your senses, it will open your mind to possibilities and it will fuel your imagination.
- Reason #3 Viewing art lets you “step out of time”, allowing you to be present in the moment.
- Reason #4 Art is a powerful form of expression. It will let you express your individuality and it will represent your beliefs, feelings, hopes, convictions and philosophies.
- Reason #5 Art will stimulate conversation, dialogue and interchange with your friends and family.
When I started this journey I was painting architectural details….but I think my long career in the field had appeased me and I just wasn’t feeling it. I started to dabble in people and portraiture. This naturally evolved to athletes as a subject matter because of my athletic past and the emotional intensity that athletics evoke.
The three greatest influences for me are Leroy Neiman, Paul Klee and Igor Sava. Neiman’s vast body of work is impressive and his stylistic approach was innovative and quite bold at that time. Paul Klee’s watercolors were innovative and bold especially in his use of colors and I like the stylistic approach of Igor Saya from a more conventional watercolor interpretation.
The "original" illustrations are mixed media on fine art paper. They start as a hand drawn digital image using a painting app called Procreate. A basic template is printed on fine art paper and this is over-painted with watercolor, ink, and copic marker. They have three coats of archival varnish and a one inch white border around the 16 inch image. They are shipped flat and unframed. Each piece has a limited edition of 10 and each is different and unique. They are signed, numbered and come with a certificate of authenticity.
I also have prints available. They are fine-tuned to produce a masterful, faithful piece of fine art. I have the image printed on hi-gloss polished aluminum. The luminous result is truly unique and is unlike anything a traditional print can produce. The image is infused into the metal surface and will never fade. The surface is scratch resistant and can be hung in a damp environment. The print is ready to hang and needs no frame.
Frank Trocino, Artist
At first, I was an architect. I knew I wanted to be an architect from the age of 7 years old. My favorite toys were Lincoln Logs, American Bricks, and an Erector Set….although I did my share of doodling and drawing.
In my architectural practice I did notice that the thing that gave me the most satisfaction was the drawing and presentation part of the design process. I could also see “art” in a beautifully executed set of architectural construction documents.
And then things took a turn…… At the age of 45 I ventured out of architecture and founded an unrelated business. I made some bad decisions and did some stupid things and eventually lost my wife, my house, my business and many friends and associates.
The silver lining was….I had an opportunity for a new beginning. Everything I owned could fit into three suitcases and the sense of freedom was exhilarating. I knew at that time that I wanted to be a full time artist but realized I would have to ease into it.
I accepted an architectural job with a large international firm and shipped off to Saudi Arabia. In some ways, this was a perfect scenario to work at my art….finding a medium, defining a style, and discovering my abilities and my short comings. I say this because life in Saudi Arabia affords you a lot of idle time…..no dating, no movies, no parties, no women, no alcohol, and no recreational activities…..I think you're getting the picture.
After years in the sand box, I was finally ready to come back home and I landed in Portland Oregon and then to Austin Texas which brings me to my present situation.