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The Art of Frances Marino


By LA Pomeroy, ISHA Media Officer

West Springfield, MA (March 12, 2015)-- The 2015 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships selection committee selected “Not a Cloud in the Sky,” by artist Frances Marino, as cover art for the official 2015 show program. The 42nd annual IHSA National Championships are April 30 – May 3 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA.

Best known as an equine artist, Marino finds beauty in all things. “Someone once told me that I will never be famous because my art is without a certain style and people will not be able to recognize my art. Being famous is not my goal. My goal is to create pieces that people would love to hang on their walls. So I paint what moves me and I never know how a painting will turn out until I am finished. But then, I can’t say a painting is ever finished or just abandoned for the moment,” the artist explained.

Marino's “Not a Cloud in the Sky,” of an abstract horse herd, was painted in 2014. “This painting started as an abstract. I was having a hard time trying to figure out what to do with it and said to myself, ‘You're an equine artist; puts some horses in this,’ and that's how it happened.”

Frances Marino was born in Buffalo, New York and in 1974 moved to Boulder, Colorado, “to live in the wide open spaces.” In 2005, after drawing and watercolor classes at Front Range Community College, she studied pastels at the Colorado Art Academy and quickly embraced the medium. In 2008 she expanded into abstracts and studied under artist Gwen Fox, evolving into her medium of choice today: acrylics.

The original painting, “Not a Cloud in the Sky,” along with other paintings, can be seen at Frances’s website at

On the April issue cover: The Center of Attention

The Center of Attention was a painting I did because I liked the formation on the horses. You usually don’t see too many painting with horses standing this way. I painted the center with a little more realism than the rest of the painting, working outwards towards abstract so the viewer can draw their own vision for the rest of the painting. There are many excellent horse artists out there, and painting the unusual is what inspires my creativity.

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