Frank P. Ordaz

Frank P. Ordaz grew up in Southern California. At the age of 12, he studied with portrait artist Theodore N. Lukits. It was at the Lukits Academy that Frank was introduced to the academic method of painting from plaster casts and from life. He was later mentored by landscape painter Sam Hyde Harris who was noted for his tonal quality of light.

Frank attended the University of Southern California and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1980. He began painting for George Lucasʼ special effects company, Industrial Light and Magic, where he worked on Oscar winning motion pictures including E.T. and Return of the Jedi. In 1986, he was recognized with an Emmy for his matte paintings in The Ewok Adventure.

In 2006, Frank was selected by First Lady Laura Bush to be the featured artist for the White House Easter Egg Roll. Formerly hanging in her East Wing office, his painting is now in the permanent collection of the George W. Bush Library.

As a juried Artist Member of the California Art Club, Frank has participated in the Gold Medal Show, and has received awards from the International Art Renewal Competition. His paintings hang in many private collections throughout the United States.

Frank is known primarily for his luminous landscapes, bravura portraiture, and compelling figurative work in oil paint. He has participated in many group shows and his landscapes dominated his one man show, “Landscapes of the American Myth” at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, CA in 2016.

He has continued the tradition of early California Artists in painting in the field and learning firsthand the qualities and mysteries of light. Frank also has a passion for art history and the artist's place in the continued evolution of painting styles and perceptions. His paintings are a celebration of life and the profound influence of light in animating our emotions and responses to our environment. Frank is most interested in the iconic and cinematic qualities of the landscape Image. He is drawn to the romantic allure of the Pacific Ocean as well as the spiritual qualities of the Southwest.

Frank is represented by the Nancy Dodds Gallery in Carmel by the Sea, Art Obsessions Gallery in Truckee, California, Red House Art in Graeagle, California, and Mountain Trails Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is married to his wife Jana, and has two grown sons. He feels it truly is a wonderful life.


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