“Color excites me. Realism and rich, saturated color are what my art is all about.”
Frank Spino was born after WWII into a large military family. His family was required to move frequently throughout his childhood and he went to 13 elementary schools.
He showed interest in art at an early age but was not encouraged to pursue it by his family. After graduating high school he went to the Ohio University to study art. He also received tutelage by Henry Hensche, a gifted teacher of light and colour, at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
The primary focus of his art is highly realistic paintings of citrus fruit.
We used liquid watercolour to create our own brightly coloured citrus paintings. The students loved the last step of adding a little pizzazz with splatter painting. We ended our class with an orange snack.