Inside Corner: Lucas Giolito has quite the talented family.

The name Lindsay Frost is a name you will hear a lot more of in Washington, DC in the near future, and it has nothing to do with politics. You will hear her name as a popular artist and as the proud mother of Lucas Giolito. Once you meet her, don’t be surprised if you then recognize her on some TV re-runs. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0296534/

Lindsay’s bio lists her as an artist, Hollywood actress, daughter of an actor, sister of a Hollywood producer, married to Rick Giolito (nice to see that was corrected on Wiki which is part of an inside joke as to some of the inaccuracies on Wiki) and mother of Nats 1st round draft pick and MLB #1 prospect Lucas Giolito, and mother of Casey Giolito a High School baseball player. That is quite the bio and that’s really only a partial list.

Lindsay talked about her family and career choices, “I always loved to draw and paint. In high school I couldn’t decide between going to art school or theater school. Acting won out…the genetic pull was too strong I guess! I spent a good 25 years in the ‘business’ acting on stage, television and film. About 9 years ago I was on location in Halifax NS and had a lot of free time on my hands and happened to stumble into an art supply store one day while taking a walk near my apartment. I bought some pencils and that was all it took- the seed was planted so to speak…and I just dove back in. When I returned I started taking some classes again and gradually started painting and eventually after a few years got up the gumption to start showing my work to friends and family.”

Trying to make a career of being an artist can be done, but most are like actors where few can make a living financially doing it. Lindsay at first started just giving paintings away as gifts. She joined online Daily Painters websites and then delved into painting for profit when she joined Fine Art America, an online marketplace to show and sell work, and eventually people started buying her art!

Lindsay did mostly impressionistic landscapes and still-life’s. Since then her work has been in some shows, and she did an art series for a restaurant in Venice California as well as providing work for a staging company and then she got into the sports art genre which really has become an exciting part of what she now paints.

Lindsay found the inspiration for baseball art spending time at the baseball fields but never put her iconic Hat series to canvas until that special moment, “When my son Lucas got drafted by the Nats, the HAT was born! Some of my baseball imagery was licensed for a couple of book covers and I do commission work as well”.

Courtesy of Lindsay Frost

Courtesy of Lindsay Frost

Intertwined through Lindsay and Rick’s demanding work schedules were being baseball parents. They already spent the majority of their free time in and around baseball fields and traveling to baseball games with both of their sons and the baseball fields became a backdrop and imagery for her art of the future.

Lindsay shared what happened on her birthday in 2012 which was also the day of Luc’s draft on June 4th, “Lucas was a few days away from his HS graduation and had been considered one of the top prospects that year, with many speculating he could be the first HS arm to go #1. Then in March he strained his Ulnar Collateral ligament and had to start a rehab process…we had no idea how it would affect his chances in the draft. That day was as nerve-wracking as anything you can imagine. We just had a few close friends and family at our house watching it all unfold. When the Nationals took him in the First Round at # 16 the absolute JOY and relief that erupted from all of us was beyond explanation!”

One of the most touching stories you will hear about Luc’s draft day was what his friends did for him after the Nats drafted him in the 1st round. Secretly a couple of his friends snuck out of the mini-celebration and drove down to a Lids Cap store in the local mall, and purchased a Nats cap for him to wear and rep his new team since Luc had no idea who would Draft him, he had no hats at the draft “get together”. When he put on that Nats Hat, Lindsay said “well I still get chills thinking about it…because it symbolized so much!”.

Of course, Lindsay ended up doing a painting of the Nats Hat that Luc wore on his draft day for her husband Rick as a gift. Soon afterward for her father, a life-long Red Sox fan, asked for HIS Hat…and so on…soon she had done about 6 and Rick then suggested she do all 30! She eventually did, and then the fun really began! Now her entire collection is growing and they are being represented by The Art of the Game galleries in stadiums in California. The originals were just installed in Dodger Stadium, and they are selling prints as well. They have some big plans for expanding the line into Minor League’s, a legends Series and Throwbacks as an example. Originals can be purchased through emailing info@gallery-319.com  Her other work can also be seen on her website Lindsayfrost-art.com and prints and originals can also be purchased through Fineartamerica.com

The Giolito family is a baseball family and Lindsay shared, “I watch a LOT of baseball!!! and am usually painting at the same time! Because Luc’s games were not televised on MiLB until his move to AA this summer I would listen to every game, record the Nats and watch them in the evening. Sometimes I would be listening or watching Luc’s game on my computer while in the stands for Casey’s games!”

As a friend of hers said, Lindsay is a crazy Nats fan as they’d talk often about art, and then the discussion turns to baseball and the Nats. Lindsay has an admiration for Jordan Zimmermann and Strasburg who are both Tommy John survivors, and says Bryce Harper is so much fun to watch play. There really is a love of the game with the Frost and Giolito family that when the Nats played the Red Sox earlier this season in inter-league she told her father that for that series he had to root for the Nats. One day Lindsay’s friend called her up to say she read a Nats blog comment that Luc was going to be promoted soon to AA per a comment by none other than the “Ghost of Steve M.” A promotion would mean that Luc would go to AA Harrisburg from High-A Potomac. Her friend asked Lindsay if it was true, and she said that seriously she hadn’t heard a thing, but of course hoped it was true. Sure enough the Nats started to move around players in the Minors, and Luc got his promotion and has already recorded some dominant starts in AA.

Luc’s rise up the Minor League levels of the Nats could also be the motivation for the Giolito family to move East in time to see Luc pitch in Washington DC 15+ times a year and her thoughts on that was that her son Casey has two more years of High School so once they see where he ends up for college they might have a better idea as she said, “We both love and miss the East coast though, so possibly!”

When Lucas was drafted by the Nats, part of his family bio was uncovered that Luc’s grandfather Warren Frost, an actor, had a great career himself on stage and TV. He had quite a busy decade in the 90’s playing iconic characters on Twin Peaks and Matlock among others, but he was Mr. Ross on Seinfeld in a recurring role for about 5 years as George Costanza’s future father-in-law that many remember most. How ironic as George played an executive with the NY Yankees and Warren was a life-long Red Sox fan in “real life”. The Giolito boys were too young to ever remember watching any of those shows during their original run on live TV, but since Lucas’s baseball career took off, and all the attention the announcers and fans have given Warren Frost’s background, Luc and Casey have developed a whole new appreciation for their ‘Gramps’!

Frost Untitled

Hopefully in the future we can do a story on Rick Giolito who lists on his bio on Twitter:  “Game maker. Baseball. Father of two great kids: & 16yo Casey. Lucky husband to Proud Go ”  We need to hear the full story about “game maker” as athletes love their video games.

Check out Lindsay’s art, and consider upgrading your art collection with one of Lindsay’s baseball pieces or other works of art.

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