..."the path is a very powerful thing: as soon as you move upon it, it is as if it were really living...no longer as if you were led by a guide, or guiding yourself, it is as if the path itself took command."
C.G. Jung, Visions pg 1226
Standing in the field of visual art, gives Fran a place to call her own. She has found a time and a place in her life to put to practice her creative skills. A place that pulls her out of the "should haves and "could haves" and places her in a comfort zone.
Fran's current focus is on the classical drawing process in the fine art tradition. She utilizing the classical methods and adds her own twist with contemporary color.
Fran currently lives in Lethbridge Alberta. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 1985 with an Arts and Science degree, majoring in 2D studio work and minoring in Neuropsychology. It is now, after so many years away from school, she is back to face the challenge of mastering the fundamentals and teaching others the importance of drawing methods.
My interest in art simply arose from the love of nature itself. Growing up on a prairie farm gave me the creative building blocks needed to start on a creative path. The nuts and bolts from the farm shop became tractors and trailers traveling on my roads. Examining form and function turns into a fascination with color. The nature of color and our interpretation of it, continues to captivate my attention.
Soft pastels have been my medium of choice for the past 20 years. Their vibrancy, tactility and hands on approach intrigues me. There is no drying time, little preparation in color mixing and it has an immediacy in its approach to the drawing process. Coming from the dusty prairie roads, I suppose this medium chose me.
I also choose to trail run. Trail running is more for my mental health than physical. Although it is nice that one gets both for the price of one when participating in running. When I hit the trails I listen to the whisper of the winds and the chatter of the leaves in the trees and the pounding of the pace of one foot in front of the other. These sounds bring me inward. As soon as I step upon the dusty paths of prairie trails I begin to ask questions. As I do so, I go inward and listen to the answers. It is a mental meditation that calms me and readies me for the day ahead, or the week or even the years. I combine running with painting colored variations of the landscapes I love so much. It inspires me to find my own journey through visual exploration. Slowing down, staying quiet, observing color, shape and design all help to gain direction over my journey. The choice to follow is intuitive. My hope is others will learn to listen to their own intuition by slowing down and observing. Maybe putting some color into their own lives by doing so.