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Born in Grand Junction, CO in 1962, Jonathan Frank spent his early years playing along the banks of the Colorado River and in the canyons of the Colorado National Monument. As a boy he reluctantly followed his family to Denver, where he spent the next 40 years living, drawing, and teaching himself the art of watercolor painting. However, his heart always remained attached to the lands west of the fourteeners-to the desert and its ways.
After earning his first juried award in 2000, he knew he could make it in the real art world. From 2003 to 2006, he traveled around the country participating in the art festival circuit, and his paintings were acquired by galleries in the southwest and private collectors in places as far reaching as Israel, Japan and New Zealand. In 2005, having the opportunity to move anywhere, he was able to combine his passion for red rock country and his life as an artist and moved to Southern Utah near his beloved Arches National Park.
It’s difficult not to share his enthusiasm when perusing through his high definition depictions of dramatic western landscapes bathed in intense colors and light. He translates his affection for these natural scenes into stunning watercolor paintings which serve as poetic expressions attesting to the grand nature of the American west. He lives with his wife, North, and their dogs Zoey and Bock in Moab, Utah and paints full time in his studio there.
"My watercolor process involves painting hundreds of abstract shapes, all with hard edges, within a representational framework. I paint layer over layer, floating pure color into clear washes, letting the colors blend visually on the paper. When the colors reach the richness I desire, and nothing else irritates me (needs fixing), I put down my brush and pick up my rapidograph pen. I then outline with India ink every shape I've just painted. This unifies the painting, makes it clean, and creates the effect of looking upon the scene in high-definition."