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‚ÄčFrankie Gollub was born in Landstuhl, Germany. Inspired by Civil War history, he began to draw and paint constantly at the age of 12. Frankie's appreciation of military service and his own father's service in the U.S. Army encouraged him to join the Army National Guard in 2000. He served 6 years with Headquarters Battery, 2/111th Field Artillery at Petersburg, VA. Frankie studied at Richard Bland College where he decided to pursue a career in painting. Several years later, he attended Virginia Commonwealth University's (VCU) Painting and Printmaking program where several professors emphasized technical craftsmanship. Thereafter Frankie began to study painting technique and art history just as passionately as he had studied Civil War history as a child.During his last two years at VCU, a passion for history inspired him to pursue a career in Classical Archaeology. After he received his BFA in Painting and Printmaking, Frankie moved to Seattle, Washington in August 2012. He studied Latin and Greek at the University of Washington. While he loved the Classical Languages and Archaeology, Frankie decided to pursue a career in fine art once again.
Frankie continues to be inspired by art history, notably 15th Century Italian and Netherlandish Art, 17th Century Dutch painting, 19th Century landscape painters such as Constable, J.M.W. Turner, and American painters of the Hudson River School. Living in the Pacific Northwest fosters his love for landscape painting. Frankie is inspired on a daily basis viewing Mt. Rainier, the Cascades, or the sunlight of an early summer evening illuminating the evergreens and Lombardy Poplars. Informed by the great masters of landscape painting, Frankie carries his painting equipment on hikes to find inspiration in the Pacific Northwest. He takes these sketches back to the studio to create paintings celebrating the sublime of nature. In addition his obsession with materials and techniques is part of his artistic process especially during a time when technical craftsmanship is experiencing a rebirth among many contemporary painters.