Thomas John Carlson

In Memory of Frank Mason
July 11, 2009, 6:25 pm
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I studied with Frank Mason for very briefly during the summer and fall of 2004. A month long work shop in Vermont and a couple months at the Arts Students League in New York City.  I felt incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet him and learn from him.  He was a ball of passion and he was incredibly excited about painting and the art of teaching.  When I first met him, I instantly attached him in my mind to other great art educators: Robert Beverly Hale and Robert Henri.  The way that he spoke of art was like reading Delacroix’s journal.  He taught at the art students league for over 50 years. The Order of Malta gave him the Cross of Merit, Prima Classe. He became the first painter to receive the honor since Caravaggio.  He received it for doing 8 large paintings that were installed in the 11th Century Church of San Giovanni de Malta in Venice.

He truly lived a successful life.

I included a few of his works as well as 2 former students of his…. which I also consider to have impacted my art education and who I proudly call friends.




Frank Mason
b. 1921 d. 2009 Cleveland, Ohio




Joseph Sulkowski
lives and works in Nashville, TN

Montana Still Life in Morning Light



Nicholas Oberling
Lives and works in Montana.