FRANK HOHENDORF, BIO/STATEMENT
My introduction to art began out of necessity. I needed an outlet
from caring for an ill family member. I noticed an ad for an adult class in watercolors at a local high
school. I enrolled in the class and began painting, it was fun and
educational. The instructor, unknowingly, taught me a valuable
lesson in criticism. That lesson is, what one person may not
appreciate, another may love. This refers to the rich colors I
used; she felt I needed to make my colors much softer and more
transparent. Others disagreed and really liked the brightness of
I enjoyed painting and over the next two years enrolled in numerous classes at the local
community college. There I studied the basics of using various mediums and styles of
painting. We studied the old masters techniques and those used by modern artists. I studied
still life, portraits, landscapes and life drawing as well as realism, cubism, impressionism,
expressionism and abstract to name just a few. I worked in oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal,
pencil and watercolors. We also did a few mixed media projects.
While attending college I had the privilege of being accepted in the California Community
College Exhibit at Riverside Community College. I then joined the San Diego Art Institute,
submitted some of my art pieces which were accepted and sold at the gallery.
Upon moving to Lake Arrowhead, I was once again looking to continue with painting and
expanding my knowledge. I became a member of a painting group with Helga Batman-Koplin
and then studied Japanese watercolor and ink with Alma Borcuk.
I love experimenting with different styles and mediums, but my favorite is impressionism
using acrylics or watercolors.