Artist Frank Costantino

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  • Cat Ashore
  • Admist the Blue
  • Standish Cupola Winthrop House Harvard
  • Summers Welcome Respite Ocean Park ME

An award-winning architectural illustrator for over forty years in his hometown of Winthrop MA, Frank is the founder of an international illustration group, the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. He is also an accomplished watercolor painter; not only providing his national clientele of architects with striking illustrations of projects around the world, but also paintings of urban scenes, seascapes, wildlife, and portraits in a direct, alla prima or plein air colorist style.
Frank is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society (N.E.W.S.) Boston, and the North East Watercolor Society, NY, and elected member of the Salmagundi Club of New York. He is also long-standing member and supporter of local Art Associations, where he exhibits annually. Frank is also represented in numerous galleries, and many collectors have acquired his distinctive watercolors.
Frank helped found and participated in the Plein Air Vermont (PAVT) competition. He has been selected and won awards in Plein Air Easton in MD, the Cranford, NJ Plein Air Festival, and Glynn Arts Association Plein Air Affair, GA. Invited by Plein Air magazine, Frank is a demo artist and field instructor for the Plein Air Conference & Expo in Monterey, CA. He is also the Juror Of Selection for the Ocean Park Plein Air Event in Maine; and has served as Juror for many local art associations over the years.
He is also an invited artist and exhibitor at the Mayor's Rose Garden annual fundraiser for the City of Boston, and is regularly invited by many groups for his lively, informative demos. He has received commissions from The Esplanade Association to depict Boston's scenic parklands, the Bostonian Society for the historic Old State House, and Boston University, among others. He has an ongoing association with Boston's Charles River Conservancy, and paints river scenes to help promote their conservation programs.
For over 25 years, he has conducted intensive watercolor workshops at all levels of skill. Articles on his work have been published in Fine Art Connoisseur , Plein Air, and Boston magazines, among others.
As Co-Founder of the international American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI), and Founding member and Vice President of the American Society of Illustrators Partnership (ASIP), Frank advises professional artists from around the world.
He is continually inspired by the effortless, masterful works of watercolorists from many eras and cultures, particularly Sargent, Homer, Turner, Prendergast, Wyeth, Hiroshi, Zorn and fellow Winthrop native John Whorf. His versatile painting style has developed in seminars with notable artists and authors Charles Reid, Jeanne Dobie, Don Andrews, and Carleton Plummer. Frank enjoys the fluid challenge of the watercolor medium and the rich, luminous qualities that can be achieved in a successful piece.
"My paintings capture an unusual view of the everyday, those flash moments that transforms the ordinary
into impressions that emerge almost on their own. The clarity of that vision helps isolate my subjects and
allow me to focus on a beautiful glimpse of light and life. In attempting to capture light's fleeting effects
with various color palettes, I always experiment with ways to achieve spontaneity, freshness and vibrancy.
Watercolor is a most responsive medium for the gestural, expressive
style of painting that I prefer for exploring these color effects."