Louis Frisino has been interested
in art since childhood. His love for dogs and wildlife was
an incentive to develop his talent. Deaf since birth, he attended
the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, graduating
in 1953. He later graduated with honors from Maryland Institute
College of Art, receiving at that time the Peabody Award.
Since then he has exhibited in art festivals all along the
Eastern seaboard, winning numerous awards for his work. He
has done extensive artwork including the drawing of 45 separate
fish for the 1970 edition of Fishing in Maryland, published
in Baltimore. In addition, his work can be seen in many art
and specialty shops across the United States.
He won first place in the Maryland
Duck Stamp contest for 1976/77, 1986/87 and the 1993/94. Louis
Frisino won the first Maryland Trout Stamp contest in 1977,
then finished first again in 1978 and 1979. He won the first
North Carolina Sportsman License Stamp contest in 1987. In
1985 he won the Marie Conway Memorial Purchase Award (second
place) and in 1986, 1988 and 1991 he won first place in the
Ward Foundation World Championship Wildfowl Painting Competition
at Salisbury, MD. In 1977 he took 2nd place in the National
Wild Turkey Federation contest.
Louis Frisino's credits include
1987 New Jersey Duck Stamp, 1988 North Dakota Duck Stamp,
1988 North Dakota Salmon and Trout Stamp, 1989 North Carolina
Duck Stamp, 1990 Alaska Duck Stamp, 1990 West Virginia Duck
Stamp, Who's Who in Waterfowl Art by Ray Chapman, and the
1991 Oregon Waterfowl Stamp.
Louis Frisino has worked from
photographs on special orders to capture the uniqueness of
a personal pet. He is retired from the News American, where
he was employed as a commercial artist for 25 years. He is
now a full time artist at home with his wife Elaine, and the
youngest of their three children. A sketch of Louis Frisino's
life is included in Deaf Heritage, published by Gallaudet
College, the world's first college for the deaf.