About Frank Walsh
Being a native of Northern California, Frank has always been interested in art. From his childhood pencil sketches and drawings, to his current multi-media creations, he has always tried to express himself through his artwork. A devoted family man, grandfather and retired career firefighter, Frank is a self-taught artist whose hobbies and interests are far too many to list.
Throughout his art career, he has worked in many different mediums such as pastels, water color, pen & ink and oils…Today, he primarily enjoys working with acrylics. Frank has always been intrigued with sculpting and is currently venturing out into this additional medium as a means of artistic expression.
Frank has always had an intense fascination and sensitivity for the sea with its underwater world and mysteries. Much of his work since the 1980’s captured his love of marine life. As a result of his many years of scuba and free diving, Frank has been able to study a variety of sea life in their natural environment including Humpback Whales, while working as a research assistant with the “Center for Whale Studies”, Maui, Hawaii. Being an underwater videographer, Frank has accumulated many hours of reference material for his ‘true-life’ paintings. Through his brush, he is able to create a window into the beauty and secrets of that mysterious world that exists just below the surface of the sea. His talent and natural ability to accurately blend color, sunlight and sea life, allows the viewer to share a realistic moment of awe with those gentle giants of another world. Frank’s varied interests in artistic themes and subject matter have drawn him into recreating memorable maritime events of the past. The artist says of his work, “I always like to give the impression that I’ve been there and done that…I paint what I like and what I know”. On some of his maritime paintings, Frank has spent more hours doing research then the actual painting.
Frank Walsh’s art has been exhibited and collected throughout North America Japan, Hong Kong and Finland. Of his unique style of composition, Frank has said, “If I can bring the viewer into a world that may be foreign & alien, and have them leave with a feeling of peace and serenity, then I’ve succeeded”.
Ventura County Maritime Museum, Oxnard, California
San Diego Maritime Museum, San Diego, California
Lake Tahoe Maritime Museum, Lake Tahoe, California
Santa Barbara Whale Festival, Featured Artist, Santa Barbara, California
Lean’n Tree Inc., Greeting cards, designer posters
Golden Turtle Press, Calendar
Windsor Nature Graphics, fine art posters
Windsor publications, Coffee table book on endangered North American Species. One of only twenty artists and the only one selected to paint the marine mammals featured. Proceeds benefited CITES (Convention International On Endangered Species).
Center For Marine Conservation, Frank’s painting ‘The Entourage” was used on a MBNA credit to benefit CFMC.
Art Line Inc., L/E serigraphs
U.S. Art, Step Back From The brink, Manatees, 1992
Wildlife Art News, Along The Wilderness Trail, 1991
Wildlife Art News, Creatures Of The Watery Depths, 1994
Wildlife Art News, Whales & Dolphins: Mysteries Of The Deep 1996
Wildlife Art News, Marine & Fish Artists; Names To Know, 2001
Frank Walsh Originals
474 Fernandez Ct.
Santa Clara, California 95050