The Artist

 
 

Frank Gaffney has been interested in art all his life and always received encouragement from  family and art teachers when growing up in Northern Idaho. After high school, he came to Seattle to study Advertising and Design at Cornish School of Allied Arts. Frank also took courses at the University of Washington  in Portrait Sculpture and Graphic Design, studied portraiture with Leslie B. DeMille at the Scottsdale Artist’s School, studied painting under William F. Reese and took a Plein Air workshop with Master Artist Ned Mueller.

He finds inspiration from many artists, old masters and contemporaries alike. Some of Frank’s favorites are Nicolai Fechin, Sergei Bongart, Richard Schmid, John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini. 

Frank had his first solo exhibition shortly after graduation from Cornish, then began working in the graphic arts field as a corporate designer and illustrator.  During this period he painted numerous portraits and other fine art commissions, operating a gallery and studio part-time with a fellow artist.  While Frank’s first love is portraiture, his extensive boating experience in the waters of Washington state and British Columbia, Canada, has inspired many marine paintings.  Recent works also depict new experiences sailing in Croatia and the Caribbean Islands.  Frank’s latest inspiration is from his recent painting trip to England.

Frank is a Signature member and past president of  The Puget Sound Group of  Northwest Painters, an active group of Northwest artist since 1928, and a Signature Member of The American Society of Marine Artists. He is also a member of the Oil Painters of America and the Coast Guard Art Program.

Frank’s work has been juried into shows and galleries nationally, winning numerous awards and accolades.





Painting Resume

Memberships
•  A Signature member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters
•  A Signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists
•  Oil Painters of America
•  The Coast Guard Art Program

Awards
June 2014 - Honorable Mention  - 16th Annual Kenmore Art Show; Kenmore, WA
November 2013 - Merchandise Award - Evergreen Association of Fine Arts 38th Annual Open Exhibition; Bellevue, WA
July 2013 - Honorable Mention - Maritime Art Exhibition, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA
June 2013 - 2nd Place - Edmonds Arts Festival; Edmonds, WA
December 2012 - Kirkland Art Center Award - Eastside Association of Fine Arts 37th Annual Open Exhibition; Bellevue, WA
July 2010 - Award of Merit - Annual Maritime Art Exhibition, Coos Art Museum; Coos Bay, OR
October 2009 - Honorable Mention - Aqueous IV, ASMA-Western Division; Ventura County Maritime Museum; Oxnard, CA
August 2009 - Fourth Place Award -11th Annual Kenmore Art Show; Kenmore, WA
July 2009 - The Director’s Award - 16th Maritime Art Exhibit, Coos Art Museum; Coos Bay, OR
July 2008 - Award of Merit - Annual Maritime Art Exhibition, Coos Art Museum; Coos Bay, OR

Juried  Shows
Oct. 2014 - Dec. 2015 - 16th National Internet Exhibition, American Society of Maritime Artists
August 2014 - Juried the 21st Annual Maritime Art Exhibition; Coos Art Museum; Coos Bay, OR
July 2014- 30th Northwest Marine Art Exhibition; Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA
June 2014 - 16th Annual Kenmore Art Show; Kenmore, WA
June 2014 - Edmonds Arts Festival; Edmonds, WA
November 2013 - Aqueous V, Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Oxnard, CA
November 2013 - Evergreen Association of Fine Arts 38th Annual Open Exhibition; Bellevue, WA
August 2013 - 20th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition; Coos Art Museum; Coos Bay, OR
August 2013 - U.S. Coast Guard Art Program Exhibition; Coos Art Museum; Coos Bay, OR
June 2013 - 15th Annual Kenmore Art Show; Kenmore, WA
July 2013 - GigFest Maritime Art Exhibition, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA
June 2013 - Oil Painters of America, Solon. Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI
June 2013 - Edmonds Arts Festival; Edmonds, WA
July 2013 - U.S. Coast Guard Art Program Exhibition; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
January 2013 -  Contemporary Marine Artists of The West Coast; Knowlton Gallery, Lodi, CA
December 2012 - Eastside Association of Fine Arts 37th Annual Open Exhibition; Bellevue, WA
July 2012- 19th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition; Coos Art Museum; Coos Bay, OR
June 2012 - Edmonds Arts Festival; Edmonds, WA
July 2012 - U.S. Coast Guard Art Program Exhibition; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
May 2012- 40th Anniversary Exhibition; Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA
July 2011- 27th Northwest Marine Art Exhibition; Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA
July 2011- 18th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition; Coos Art Museum; Coos Bay, OR
June 2011 - Edmonds Arts Festival; Edmonds, WA
2011 - GigFest Maritime Art Exhibition, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA
2011 - Texas Maritime Academy in Galveston, Texas
July 2011 - U.S. Coast Guard Art Program Exhibition; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
October 2010 - Eastside Association of Fine Arts 35th Annual Open Exhibition; Bellevue, WA
October 2010 - U.S. Coast Guard Art Program Exhibition; Wooden Boat Foundation; Port Townsend, WA
August 2010 - 12th Annual Kenmore Art Show; Kenmore, WA
July 2010- 17th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition; Coos Art Museum; Coos Bay, OR
July 2010- 26th Northwest Marine Art Exhibition; Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA
July 2010 - U.S. Coast Guard Art Program Exhibition; Federal Hall National Memorial; Manhattan, NY
June 2010 - ASMA North 2-venue Exhibition, at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and Minnesota Marine Art Museum
June 2010 - Edmonds Arts Festival; Edmonds, WA
June 2010 - U.S. Coast Guard Art Program Exhibition; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
May 2010 - Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters Spring Show at the Kirsten Gallery; Seattle, WA
February 2010 - Annual Wash. State Juried Art Competition, Collective Visions Gallery: Bremerton WA
October 2009 - Aqueous IV, ASMA-Western Division; Ventura County Maritime Museum; Oxnard, CA
August 2009 - 11th Annual Kenmore Art Show; Kenmore, WA
July 2009 - 16th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit, Coos Art Museum; Coos Bay, OR
Sept. 2008 - The West Coast Paper Art Exhibition at the Kirsten Gallery; Seattle, WA
July 2008 -   15th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition, Coos Art Museum; Coos Bay, OR
December 2007 - Eastside Association of Fine Arts 32nd Annual Open Exhibition; Redmond, WA

Showings
June 2014 - Surf and Turf Art Exhibition at The Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists Gallery, Seattle, WA
June 2013 - Four man show - Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters Gallery, Seattle, WA September 2011 - Present - Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters Gallery, Seattle, WA
March 2010 - Gallery San Juan, Friday Harbor, WA
August 2008 - Renton Art & Antique Walk, Renton, WA
August 2007 - Renton Art & Antique Walk, Renton, WA
May 2006 - Arthead Gallery, Seattle
July 2003 - Northwest Marine Art Exhibition at the Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle
Feb. 2001 - North Seattle City College, Seattle
July 2001 - Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle
April 1999 - Nautilus Marine Art Gallery, Seattle
July 1999 - Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters Group Show, Lynnwood, WA

Education
Advertising and Design at Cornish College of the Arts; Seattle WA.
Portrait Sculpture and Graphic Design at the University of Washington; Seattle WA.
Portraiture with Leslie B. DeMille at the Scottsdale Artist’s School; Scottsdale AZ.
Portraiture and figure painting with William F. Reese; Woodinville WA.
Plein Air Workshop with Ned Mueller: Renton WA.