Rob Franco is known as a great golfer and golf teacher within the Pakistani American community of Greater Boston. What is now becoming known is that he is an equally accomplished painter. His recent works of arts are boats found in the many New England harbors and coast line. He has evolved from being an illustrator to an artist with a distinct style. His choice of painting boats resonates well with people living close to the coast.
I find his boat paintings provide a serene and an almost zen like experience in the way they hang in space with the slightest hints of space around them
“People see a boat sitting still in the water and it puts them in a peaceful mood,” said Franco. “I try to look for what pleases the viewer’s eye.”
He recalled receiving his first oil painting lessons as a child in Newport, R.I., from an elderly neighbor who painted still lifes while waiting for her seafaring husband to return home.
While he regards himself as a realist, Franco paints boats in the water or on a beach in eye-pleasing ways that evoke feelings of soothing calm.
Traveling with his wife, he visits harbors, beaches and bays around New England and photographs interesting boats to paint, often digitally eliminating any obtrusive background objects.
Together they’ve found interesting maritime scenes at Pigeon Cove in Gloucester, Green Harbor in Marshfield and Vineyard Haven in Martha’s Vineyard.
“The roller allows me to move paint around the canvas. Then I use a palette knife to create an impasto effect,” he said.
His work has also been hosted by the Field Gallery in West Tisbury and North Water Gallery in Edgartown.
Over the last several years, Franco has worked with other painters and gallery owners to develop his own signature palette of vivid yet subtle colors that please viewers’ eyes without overwhelming the senses.
After several years painting boats, Franco has trained himself to distinguish between and replicate the subtle differences of the play of light on sand and water.
“When the boats on the water, you get a reflection,” he said. “On the sand, you get a shadow. If the sand is wet, you get a shadow and a reflection.”Views: 21002Share