Well-known landscape artist, Frank Serrano, has traveled the Eastern Sierra for many years recently re-locating to the Big Pine area from the Southwest. Earlier this year, Frank approached the Film Festival committee explaining how he had happened upon last year's Film Festival and the Museum, both of which he enjoyed. He expressed an interest to work with us this year in creating a special and original oil painting for our Film Festival poster and program cover. Now ... Who would turn that down!
As we spoke more with Frank and had the opportunity to learn more about him and his work, it was obvious this was going to be a very special opportunity for the Film Festival. Frank toured the Alabama Hills with our local "Best Tour Guide", Chris Langley, who also happens to be our Inyo County Film Commissioner. Then, with this year's festival theme, Hell Bent on Westerns, in mind Franks was away to the studio where he has been busy interpreting our landscape onto a canvas.
The final art captures the spirit of our Alabama Hills landscape and serves as a tribute to this year’s Festival theme being showcased as a background for our 2018 Film Festival Posters and the cover of this year’s annual Film Festival Program guide.
Frank has created a second oil on linen, titled - Heading Back To Lone Pine (see Below) - the framed, 12" x 16" painting will also be on display at the Museum during the Film Festival and be sold as a fund-raiser for the Museum.
A very BIG "Thank You" to Frank for his friendship and support of the Museum.
Western Landscape Artist, Frank M. Serrano was born in Los Angeles during the late 1960’s.
As a young boy he developed an
Serrrano, an avid outdoorsman, is recognized for his keen sense of atmospheric observation and ability to spontaneously interpret his personal connection with nature onto canvas. In 2002 he completed writing and illustrating his first book, Plein Air Painting in Oil, published by the Walter Foster Company and has also produced two DVDs on Plein Air Painting, one published by American Artist Magazine. He has served as a Plein Air painting consultant for Walt Disney Studios and has taught at both Disney and Dreamworks Studios in Burbank California.early interest in art, drawing and painting throughout his school years. His natural talent eventually gained him a lucrative career as a freelance commercial artist and owning his own small business. After his success in the commercial art world, Serrano decided to pursue his passion for traditional oil painting in the early 1990’s. He has since developed a strong following of art collectors and has garnered numerous magazine articles and awards. He has exhibited in numerous exhibitions at some of the country’s finest galleries and museums, including the Museum of California art, the Autry National Center, The Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, the Gilcrease Museum, the Phippen Museum, the Laguna Beach Art Museum and The Frederick R. Weisman Museum.
A hallmark of Serrano’s work is his unique talent for capturing the hazy atmospheric mood and life of the West. Although the majority of Serrano’s painting is done on location “a la prima,” he also works in his studio, creating larger paintings from his outdoor field sketches. He believes the only way to learn to paint is from life itself. Serrano travels widely throughout the Western states painting scenes from the desert southwest to the beautiful Eastern Sierra, a place he calls home.