CRAIG FRANKOWSKI



Craig Frankowski has resided in Arizona since 1983 having come from Ohio, where he was born and raised. His art education began at any early age.  While attending elementary school, he also studied art at the Toledo Museum of Art. He majored in art throughout his school years while attending college at Bowling Green University, Ohio State University, and Columbus college of Art And Design. 

After college, he continued his art with freelance work and small art shows, but concentrated his time and talents on woodworking, carpentry, electrical and eventually in lighting and lighting design.  He achieved the highest degree in lighting as a Certified Lighting Designer, and spent over 30 years in lighting, attaining the positions of general manager/ vice-president of a multi-store lighting firm.

Several years ago, he resumed his art career full-time, with emphasis on floral subject matter and, recently, in abstract designs and pen and ink drawings.  His renewed interest in painting was also motivated by his desire to control his hand motor coordination brought on by symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.  (It does seem to be helping, by the way.)

Craig has belonged to the Arizona Artist Guild, Peoria Fine Arts Association, Mountain Artist Guild, and is currently a member of WHAM, Arizona Art Alliance(J), and the Sonoran Art League(J) of which, he is also the editor of their quarterly newsletter..  Past art shows have been with the Arizona Artists Guild shows, the AAA Fall and Spring shows, the Glendale Fine Art show, the West Valley Art Museum shows, Peoria Fine Arts shows, the Arizona State Fair shows, and Sahuaro Ranch Park shows.  He has won numerous awards, from Honorable Mentions to Best of Show.

His work has also been shown at Shemer Art Museum, the Herberger, the Art of Light Gallery, and Artwerks Gallery, Arizona Fine Art Expo, and Hidden in the Hills.

He has worked with oil pastel, charcoal, watercolor, pen and ink, gauche, scratchboard, printmaking, photography and ceramics as well as sculpture in wood, metal, and plexi-glass.


I started painting in oils in a realistic style with a floral motif as my primary subject on a single stretched canvas.  Then, in 2008, I started combining multiple canvases of different thicknesses (mainly Gallery Wrapped), removing the canvas re-cutting the wooden stretchers, and re-stretching the canvases.  Before painting, I would assemble and permanently secure all the pieces to form one stretched canvas that has different thicknesses and shapes.  It is unique and a design in itself.

As I progressed further, I wondered why canvases  are square or rectangular?  There are some that are round, maybe even a few that are triangular - but no other choices that I am aware of.  Why not make a stretched canvas that was freeform... and so I did.  I started making my own stretchers and experimenting with different shapes and designs.  I even placed a ‘window’ or ‘hole’ in one.  The canvas was meant to go over a window to the outside, but then I thought that it might not be done as I had anticipated, so I added LED lights around the ‘window’.   Then I wondered if I could taper the stretchers?  For instance, a painting or canvas may be 3” on one side, but would taper to 3/4” on the other side.  The results are truly unique art pieces!  Fortunately or unfortunately, giclees are not possible - or at least not easily.

My next transition was to go from realism to cubism, but with a twist... the cubism would include some realism.  I hope the results would be unique and satisfying.  Oh, and I added just small amounts of glitter to parts of the flower for a touch of sparkle when the light hits it.