Robin Frisella PSA-MP

Robin Frisella PSA-MP

Realistic pastel still life artist. 

Robin painting at the Fuller Gardens in North Hampton

Robin painting at the Fuller Gardens in North Hampton

Fine art has the gentle power to reflect the best things in life . . . beauty, hopefulness, serenity.  The hands of artist Robin Frisella harness that power in pastel works that are as stunning as they are calming.  An apple in an antique bowl. Ripe pears just waiting to be eaten but, for now, somehow being simply elegant.  Pale pink tulips that pop against the white of a treasured old vase.

The paintings Robin creates have a photo-realistic quality. But they are hardly images captured in a flash. She painstakingly arranges the objects she has chosen to paint – often pieces of nostalgia that are striking in their antiquity and grace. She blends pure pigment on sanded paper to artfully achieve the tones, lights and shadows of these objects she has so deliberately assembled. The results are still lifes in sheer splendor, memories and moods come to life through layer upon layer of pastel patiently stroked in natural light.

 In 2000, after taking a local pastel class, Robin found her calling. Art would be more than a pastime. It would be her life’s work. She left her job of 18 years and began teaching art herself. The first piece she entered in a juried competition won Best of Show.  As her successes and followers grew, she decided to start her own gallery.  Frisella Fine Art Studio opened in Candia, NH in 2006.

 Ten years and hundreds of paintings later, Robin moved her studio to the NH Seacoast. Frisella Fine Art in Hampton Falls is a gorgeous gallery featuring not only Robin’s sought-after work, but also pieces from fellow artists and friends.

Robin Frisella’s work has garnered numerous national and regional awards. She is a juried member of the Copley Society of Boston and a signature member of the Pastel Society of NH. In October 2016 she received the designation of Master Pastelist from the Pastel Society of America. Robin’s work has been published in the Best of America Pastel Artists Vol. II, The American Artist Magazine, New Hampshire Magazine, Artscope Magazine, Monadnock Table, The American Art Collector, The Artist Magazine and the Pastel Journal.

Recent Awards –

·       Best of Show - Allentown Art Festival, June 2017

·       The Lila Gold Memorial Award – Pastel Society of America’s Enduring Brilliance Exhibition, October 2016

·       Designation as Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America, October 2016

·       White Pumpkin – selected to travel to the Butler Institute of American Art for display in the Museum, October 2016

·       1st Place in Pastel - All Media competition of the Artists Magazine, July/August 2016

·       2nd Place - the Pastel Journal – Pastel 100 international competition, April 2016

·       1st Place in the Vero Beach, FL, Allenstown, NY, Mystic, CT, & Glastonbury, CT juried National Art Exhibitions, 2016

Do What You Love and You’ll Never Work a Day in Your Life
— Confucious

Galleries
Hampton Falls, NH - Frisella Fine Art
Grafton, VT - Hunter Gallery

Publications
New Hampshire Magazine - "Soft Realism" - December 2010
Artist’s Magazine: Still Life Finalist -  “Simple by Nature” - December 2010
American Artist Magazine: Still Life – “25 Skilled Artists Teach Their Best Techniques” - May 2010
"Best of America: Pastels Volume II" – Kennedy Publishing – October 2009
American Artist Magazine - “Still Life that Connect Memories” - September 2009
The Painting Rag – Robin Frisella Pastel Artist – June /July 2008

The Pastel Journal -  Honorable Mention - "Calla Lilies" - April 2013

Exhibitions
Newburyport Art Association - Fall Members Juried Show Part II - Strem Chemicals, Inc. Award - Works in Past 2012 - American Beauties
Newburyport Art Association - Fall Members Juried Show Part II - Honorable Mention 2012 - Sweet Trio
New Hampshire Pastel Society National Juried Show - It's Pastel - 3rd Place 2012 - B&W Calla Lilies
New Hampshire Pastel Society National Juried Show - It's Pastel - Heilman Design Award 2012 - SeasideTreasures
New Hampshire Pastel Society National Juried Show - It's Pastel - Fuller Foundation Award 2011 - A Sweet Sense of Warmth
New Hampshire Pastel Society - People’s Choice Award 2008 – Lunch at Stubby’s
Newburyport, MA - 9th Regional Juried show - Newburyport Area Industrial Development - 2007
Foundation Award for Pastels – 2006
Cambridge, MA - RED Art Show – Cambridge 2005
Manchester, NH E.W. Poore Inaugural Juried Art Show – Best of Show 2005 – Three’s Company
American Mother’s Inc.– 1st Place National Art Competition 2004 – Sis and I


Juried Shows
Leesburg, Fl - Downtown Art festival - 2011
Naples, Fl - National Art Festival - 2011,2012, 2013
Punda Gorda, FL – Peace River National Art Festival - 2009
Winter Haven, FL - Art Festival - 2009, 2010, 2011
Las Olas, FL - Downtown Art Festival - 2009
Armonk, NY – Armonk Outdoor Art Festival – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
, 2012
Greenwich, CT – Bruce Museum Outdoor Festival – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Jupiter-Juno Beach, Fl – Annual Art Festival by the Sea – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
Key West, Fl – Art Festival – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Lake Wales, FL - Art Festival - 2008, 2009, 2010,2011
, 2012
Venice, Fl – Downtown Art Festival – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Winter Park, FL - Art Festival - 2008
, 2013
Bonita Springs, Fl – Annual National Art Festival – 2007
Fort Lauderdale, Fl  - Pembroke Pines Art Show – 2006
Key Biscayne, Fl – Art Festival - 2006


Professional Associations/Juried Membership
Copley Society of Boston - 2010, 2011, 2012
Signature Member, Pastel Society of America – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
New Hampshire Art Association – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Cambridge Art Association – 2005, 2006


Memberships
Andover Art Association - 2007, 2008, 2009
Manchester Artists Association - 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Nashua Artists Association - 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Newburyport Artists Association - 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
, 2010, 2011,2012
Pastel Society of New Hampshire - 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013
Sharon Arts Center - 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Solo Shows
East Colony Fine Art Gallery – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
E.W. Poore Fine Art Gallery – 2005, 2006


Group Shows
Candia, NH – Frisella Fine Art Studio – 2006, 2007, 2008
Concord, NH - Sulloway and Hollis Law Firm – 2006
Manchester, NH - 1st Annual Holiday Trio - 2004
Manchester, NH - Franco-American “Four Friends Celebrate” – 2005


Art Shows
Amherst, NH - Annual 4th July Art Show on the Green – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Andover, MA - Andover Art in the Park - 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Bedford, NH – Art Affair in the Country – 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Bedford, NH - MAA Spring Art Show, Bedford Mall – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Cape Elizabeth, ME - Labor Day Weekend Art Show - 2004, 2005, 2006
Hillsborough, NH – Hillsborough Art in the Park – 2005, 2006
Hollis, NH – Art in the Park – 2006, 2007, 2008,  2009
Littleton, NH – Annual Art Show – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Manchester, NH – Miniature Art Show – 2004, 2005, 2006
Manchester, NH – Make A Wish Art Show - 2006
Manchester, NH - Manchester Artists Association Annual Art in the Park - 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005,  2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Milford, NH - Annual Keyes Art Show at Milford Oval - 2006
Nashua, NH - Annual Downtown Nashua Art Festival - 2001
Nashua, NH - Annual Art in the Park at Greeley Park - 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Ogunquit, ME – Sidewalk Art Show – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Plymouth, NH – Art in the Park – 2003, 2004, 2005
Portland, ME – Annual Wcsh6 Sidewalk Art Festival – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009


Awards
Mystic Art Festival - Jurors Award 2013 - Seaside Elegance
New London Art on the Green - Best of Show 2013 - Pastels
Vero Beach Under the Oaks - 1st Place 2012 - Pastels
Bruce Museum Outdoor Art Festival - 1st Place 2012 - Breakfast at Tiffani's
Ogunquit Side Walk Art Show - 2nd Place 2012 - A Moment in Time
Lake Wales Art Festival - Merit Award 2012 - Pastels
Leesburg Art Festival - Special Award 2012 - Pastels
New Milford Art Festival - 1st Place 2012 - Calla Lilies
Bruce Museum Outdoor Art Festival - Best in Show 2011 - Cottage Charm
Andover Art in the Park - Best in Show 2011 - Plum Elegant II
Andover Art in the Park - 1st Place 2011 - Plum Elegant II
Keene Art in the Park - Peoples Choice Award
Ogunquit Side Walk Art Show - 3rd Place 2011 - Grace
Bar Harbor Art Festival - Special Award - 2011
New Milford Art Festival - 1st Place 2011 - Cottage Charm
Glastonbury Art Show - Best in Category - Pastels 2010
Keene Art in the Park - 1st Place Pastels 2010
Mystic Outdoor Art Festival - 2nd Place 2010 - American Beauties
Narragansett Art Festival - 1st Place 2010 - A Sweet Sense of Warmth
New Milford Art Festival - Museum Award of Excellence 2010
New Milford Art Festival - Best of Show 2010
Bruce Museum Outdoor Art Show - 2nd Place Pastels 2009
Glastonbury Art Show - Best in Category - Pastels 2009
Keene Art in the Park - 1st Place Pastels 2009
MAA Art in the Park - Best in Show 2009 - Sunflowers and Lemons
Andover Art in the Park – Best in Show & 1st Place 2008 – China Blue with Apples
MAA Art in the Park – 1st Place 2008 – Quiet Moment
Art Affair in the Country – 1st Place 2008 – Lunch at Stubby’s
Winter Haven Art Festival – Award of Merit - 2008
Andover Art in the Park – Best of Show & 1st place 2007 – Lady in Red
MAA – Art in the Park – 3rd Place 2007 – Coffee Time
Ogunquit Side Walk Art Show – 2nd Place 2007 – Lady in Red
Greeley Art in the Park – 3rd Place 2007 – Lady in Red
Art Affair in the Country – 1st Place 2007 – It’s Your Churn
Lake Wales Art Festival – Award of Merit - 2007
Old Island Days Art Festival – Award of Merit - 2007
Hollis Art in the Park – 3rd Place 2006 – Over All
MAA Art in the Park – 1st Place 2006 – Country Morning
Manchester Artists Association “Artist of the Year” 2006-2007
Greeley Art in the Park – 3rd Place 2006 – Story Time
Art Affair in the Country – 2nd Place 2006 – Four of a Kind
Plymouth Art in the Park – 2nd Place 2005 – Three’s Company
Littleton Chamber of Commerce 36th Annual Art Show - 3rd Place 2005 – Three’s Company
Andover Art in the Park – 3rd Place 2005 – Country Afternoon
MAA Art in the Park – 2nd Place 2005 – Three’s Company
Greeley Art in the Park – 1st Place 2005 – Country Morning
Art in the Country at the Bedford Village Shops - 3rd Place 2005 – Three’s Company
Art Affair in the Country at the Bedford Village Shops - 1st Place Purchase Prize 2005 – Pewter and Cream
(This piece was donated to the Bedford Library and is now part of their permanent collection)
Art Affair in the Country at Carlyle Place – 2nd Place 2004 – Sis & I
MAA Art in the Park – 1st Place 2004 – Standing Tall
Peoples Choice Award at E.W. Poore Annual Student Show 2000, 2001 and 2003
Littleton Chamber of Commerce 34th Annual Art Show - 3rd Place 2003 – Morning Glo at the Alamo
Art Affair in the Country at Carlyle Place – 3rd Place 2003 – Pickety Place
Art in the Country at Carlyle Place – 3rd Place 2002 – Watching the Tide
American Mothers Inc. State Art Show – 3rd Place 2002 – The Bride
Downtown Nashua Fine Art Festival – 1st Place 2001 – The Bride


Private Collections
Manchester, NH - Kate and Johnson Funeral Home – Morning Glo at the Alamo
Manchester, NH – Manchester City Library – Story Time
Manchester, NH – Masonic Home – Portrait of Grand Master
Bedford, NH - Bedford Library – Pewter and Pears
Penacook, NH – Horace Chase Lodge – Portrait of Grand Master