Frank Mazzola Jr began his professional art career in 1986 when he illustrated the children's book, The Ocean Alphabet Book. Since then he's work as a graphic designer, art director, digital artist, children’s book author and illustrator, iOS app developer, small business owner, and stay at home Dad.
Once a pioneer in digital art, Frank now paints with water miscible oils using the indirect method of layering paint and medium in thin layers until the desired result is achieved. Painting surfaces are usually made from cotton, linen, wood, and gesso panels.
Life experiences inspire Frank's paintings. Artists Edward Hopper, Balthus, Fairfield Porter, Bo Bartlett and John James Audubon influence his work. Edward Hopper famously said “What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.” Frank strives to do just that.
Frank received his BA in Studio Art from The College of Wooster, in Ohio, receiving Honors for his senior thesis, "Trees Bloom in Silence", a year long project culminating with a solo show.
In 1986 he illustrated the children's book, The Ocean Alphabet Book. For the next decade Frank worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and art director. In 1996 wrote and illustrated, Counting is for The Birds, a Teacher's Choice selection and Young Hoosier Award Nominee book and illustrated The Crayon Counting Book, a Children's Choice selection.
Frank co-founded Jennings Pond LLC and its imprint Dancing Star Books producing several children's titles that appeared in Publishers Weekly top 50 children's books list.
In 2010, Frank developed an iOS app, iSee 123, A Counting Adventure, a New And Noteworthy selection and Top Pick in the education category on the App Store, June 2010.
Frank's works in his studio located in West Concord MA, just a few minutes from Walden Pond.
iSee123 - A Counting Adventure promo video 2010