About

Frosty Rankin

At an early age I was interested in art. I applied to the School of Art, in Rhode Island numerous times for mail order training at age eight. I was finally taken seriously in my freshman year of high school when my art teacher, Mrs. Dorothy Barkley, took an extraordinary interest in my talent, which was very encouraging.

I attended three years of summer Honors Art Scholarship classes at Murray State University and upon graduation from high school was awarded an invitational scholarship to Ringling School of Art, In Sarasota, FLA. After the scholarship funding had ended, I returned to Murray State University again.

After coming back from school, I was ready to set the world on fire with my paintings of nude women and seascapes. However, Kentucky was not quite ready for my art. I entered into a four year apprenticeship in Graphic Arts and Printing industry…for twenty years. I attempted starting a framing and art gallery in the late eighties. I had produced three limited edition prints of my landscape art and was involved with The Bluegrass Artists of KY, a group that traveled within the state park system selling and exhibiting our prints. We had contracts with the gift shops to display and sell our work.

Making a living in the printing business is usually about sixty to eighty hours a week, so you see the conflict right away. The frame shop failed because of lack of interest from the township, especially in those dreaded February – April months. After twenty six years in the Graphic Arts and a disabling injury, I quit the business or should I say, it outgrew my use. The computer can now do what took me hours to do in a matter of minutes. The family had owned a hardware business for forty years that had also closed so I remodeled a 16′ x 16′ section in the store building, converting it into a studio and gallery for $3,000.

I have been producing my paintings for three years. One of the reasons that I quit before was that I was not ready for the general public’s criticism; this time the general public doesn’t have much say in the matter. I firmly believe that a God given talent wasted is one of the worst sins that anyone can commit. That alone should be enough to drive me to paint, but I truly love to paint. I hope that my paintings can open a gateway to a dialogue about global warming, the Earth, nature and our environment. I am deeply involved in these causes. Environmental awareness seems to be the first step to a solution and I find it vastly deficient. My paintings of beautiful nature scenes may open a discussion where I can improve awareness and do my part to save this wonderful planet. My Cherokee grandfather taught me the ways of the woods and Mother Nature and those teachings resound in me every day. My connection to this Earth is a religious experience for me, which will not die.

Mission Statement

To resonate, using my art, in the core of the viewer, an emotion, a joy, a peace and a good life that was, or can be…~ Frosty

Professional History

  • Attended Southland and Paris City Schools and Graduation from Bourbon Co. Schools in ’68
  • Awarded Three H.S. Summer Honors Art Scholarships at Murray State University
  • Awarded and Invitation Scholarship to Ringling School of Art – Sarasota, FL
  • Attended Murray State University, Art Major
  • Is a P.I.A. / G.A.T.F. Master Printer with Twenty-Five years experience in Graphic Arts, Printing, and Advertising
  • Awarded the 2009 VSA Arts of Ky, Emerging Artist of the Year

Ackowledgements

Without the assistance of all of these wonderful and generous people this web site

and my painting career would not have come to fruition! At this point, I would like to

thank each and everyone of them for their support!

James Allen – Graphic consultant – jameselli@bellsouth.net

Dorothy Barkley- High School Art Teacher

Christi Fish – Paris Main Street Mgr – cfish@paris.com

Paul Gibson – Paris Citizen – paulgibson@att.net

Craig Kittner – K.A.C. – craig.kittner@ky.gov

Walt Leroy – Computer Color Corp. – walt@computercolorcorp.com

Mary Claire O’Neal – VSA Arts of KY. – maryclaire.o’neal@education.ky.gov

Ralph Quillin – Quillin Tack & Leather Shop- ralph@quillin.com

Bobby Shiflet -Frames on Main – framesonmain@adelphia.net

James N. Sumpter – AdGraphics – adgraphi@bellsouth.net

Duncan Veech – Beau Graphics – beau@beaugraphics.com

My Brother ( the builder of dreams)

and MOM

Ackowledgements

 

Without the assistance of all of these wonderful and generous people this web site

 

and my painting career would not have come to fruition! At this point, I would like to

 

thank each and everyone of them for their support!

 

James Allen – Graphic consultant – jameselli@bellsouth.net

 

Dorothy Barkley- High School Art Teacher

 

Christi Fish – Paris Main Street Mgr – cfish@paris.com

 

Paul Gibson – Paris Citizen – paulgibson@att.net

 

Craig Kittner – K.A.C. – craig.kittner@ky.gov

 

Walt Leroy – Computer Color Corp. – walt@computercolorcorp.com

 

Mary Claire O’Neal – VSA Arts of KY. – maryclaire.o’neal@education.ky.gov

 

Ralph Quillin – Quillin Tack & Leather Shop- ralph@quillin.com

 

Bobby Shiflet -Frames on Main – framesonmain@adelphia.net

 

James N. Sumpter – AdGraphics – adgraphi@bellsouth.net

 

Duncan Veech – Beau Graphics – beau@beaugraphics.com

 

My Brother ( the builder of dreams)

 

and MOM

Ackowledgements

 

Without the assistance of all of these wonderful and generous people this web site

 

and my painting career would not have come to fruition! At this point, I would like to

 

thank each and everyone of them for their support!

 

James Allen – Graphic consultant – jameselli@bellsouth.net

 

Dorothy Barkley- High School Art Teacher

 

Christi Fish – Paris Main Street Mgr – cfish@paris.com

 

Paul Gibson – Paris Citizen – paulgibson@att.net

 

Craig Kittner – K.A.C. – craig.kittner@ky.gov

 

Walt Leroy – Computer Color Corp. – walt@computercolorcorp.com

 

Mary Claire O’Neal – VSA Arts of KY. – maryclaire.o’neal@education.ky.gov

 

Ralph Quillin – Quillin Tack & Leather Shop- ralph@quillin.com

 

Bobby Shiflet -Frames on Main – framesonmain@adelphia.net

 

James N. Sumpter – AdGraphics – adgraphi@bellsouth.net

 

Duncan Veech – Beau Graphics – beau@beaugraphics.com

 

My Brother ( the builder of dreams)

 

and MOM