Fiona Frank, Artist: Summary
On my Gallery page you can find a collection of my paintings... They are exuberant evocations of the landscapes of Wales, Scotland, the West Country and Cornwall, Eire, and Italy, and lavish floral arrangements in great gardens.
Many of my paintings are available for sale.
I like to let the pictures speak for themselves. Although I have a degree in fine art from The University of Central Lancashire, I generally avoid categorisation (as I have also avoided association with any particular 'school'), but choose to stay free from such fetters and allow myself to take whatever route the subject matter suggests. If forced to describe my work, the term 'impressionist / expressionist' could be applied, and in many ways this is a good summary.
My vivid and vital work draws its inspiration from some of the most beautiful displays of nature - woodlands, gardens, meadows, flowers, lakes, rivers, streams, moorland and coastlines -where I like to capture the spirit of the place by painting en plein air. This brings with it the added demands of working against time to capture particular combinations of light and shadow, and to beat the weather: indeed some of my favourite works have resulted from the special light in between showers, responding to the extra challenge of avoiding the worst that the environment can send!
Following the birth of my daughter in 2003 I held an exhibition of Cornish works in the Schoolhouse Gallery at Morvah. After moving to the beautiful Wye Valley, I found deep expression through musical composition; meanwhile in my painting I have been especially moved by the delights of Bluebells in the spring.
I taught art to adults for many years in Bristol; every one of my students was special to me, and amongst them a number went on to use their artistic talents professionally, e.g. to study art in Florence, another worked for Damien Hirst for a while and now provides illustrations for Gucci; also employees of Aardman Animation came to my classes, as did Toby Gard and his animation team working on the Lara Croft series. I still occasionally run classes.
I am also a composer of music and an instrumentalist... using the same language of colour, light and composition.