Tour Date: June 4-13, 2014
About the Artist:
After working more than twelve years on national advertising as a commercial artist, Tom Francesconi turned his attention to painting. During that time, Tom studied watercolor with Irving Shapiro at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Since then, Tom has devoted himself to painting and sharing his love for watercolor.
He has earned signature membership in numerous watercolor societies, including the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. In 2009, TWSA awarded Tom the prestigious honor of ‘Master’ status. He has juried regional and national exhibitions and has lectured on the topic of watercolor at museum and college venues. For the past 20 years Tom has conducted watercolor workshops for art organizations and watercolor societies throughout the country and most recently, abroad. Tom also teaches weekly classes in Chicago.
His work has been published in eight books including the recently released Splash 11. Tom has also written articles for Watercolor, and Watercolor Magic magazines. Watercolor Magic invited Tom to write about his mentor, Irving Shapiro for the October 2007 issue. In 2008, Tom’s article, “Lively Painting, Purposeful Color” was printed in a special spring edition of Watercolor Highlights.
His paintings have been exhibited in many national exhibitions, which include the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition and the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors.
Tom has served as president of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. His work has received numerous awards in regional and national exhibitions including the Henry Fukuhara Award at the 2009 Watercolor West National Exhibition and the Lakes Region Watercolor Award at the 2010 Transparent Watercolor Society of America Exhibition.
*Painters have priority, but non-artist partners (shared accommodations only)
are welcome to come and enjoy the island a their own pace.