Gene Franks is a renowned master of expressive pencil drawing. Gene spent his early years in rural Arkansas, where he had the opportunity to observe the beauty of nature. He dedicated many years of intense study to perfecting his drawing techniques and, during the process, created many fine works in pencil. A US Air Force veteran and former merchant marine, Gene took advantage of quiet moments to hone his drawing skills. He obtained formal art training from Jefferson Mackhammer School of Art in Santa Monica, California, and acquired additional skills through classes at the Art Center in Pasadena. During his career as a professional artist, Gene has taught classes and inspired hundreds of students with his unique drawing style. He believes that almost anyone, when shown how to handle the pencil, can learn to draw well. Gene is the recipient of numerous art awards, and his work is displayed in private collections nationwide.