GLEN BURNIE — Artist Louis Frisino, 86, passed away from Alzheimer’s disease on on March 21, in Glen Burnie. He had the disease almost 11 years.
Born January 26, 1934, in Baltimore, Frisino was a waterfowl artist who created outdoor scenes and wildlife. Frisino worked primarily as a printmaker, and occasionally with watercolors, acrylics and oils.
“Since he was a little boy he loved painting,” said his daughter Elaine Frisino Davila. “He wanted to paint until he died.”
He used to hunt in the East New Market area where his aunt and uncle, Anne and Lou Kral, owned a farm.
Totally deaf since birth, Frisino graduated from the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick. He later graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and was a recipient of the Peabody award, a distinction given to MICA’s highest-ranking graduates.
Louis Frisino retired from the defunct Baltimore News American where he was employed as a commercial artist for 25 years. His free lance work was so successful, he made his lifelong love of painting a full-time career.
His many awards include First place honors in the 1976-77, 1986-87 and 1993-94 Maryland Duck Stamp competitions; first place honors in the 1977, 1978 and 1979 Trout Stamp competitions; first place honors in the 1987 North Carolina Sportsman License Stamp competition; first place honors, Ward Foundation World Championship Wildfowl Painting competition, Salisbury; second place honors in the 1977 National Turkey Federation competition. Forty-five of Frisino’s images of fish were included in the 1970 edition of “Fishing in Maryland,” published by Burton & Dillon in Baltimore.
Louis Frisino’s other artistic credits also include the 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, and the 1991 Oregon Waterfowl stamp. He was also included in the “Who’s Who in Waterfowl Art” by Ray Chapman.
He resided in Severn and with his wife Elaine; they would have celebrated their 61st anniversary on April 4. Together, they had three children: Louis Jr., Elaine (Davila) and Helen (Belt).