At the core of Franna’s work is the immediacy of drawing, whether that is seen in the swift movements of an animal in the wild or the momentary gestures of a person at rest. Drawn to the power of human and animal form, Franna uses both as a vehicle in her artwork to convey the spirit and aspects of the spiritual journey. She employs a wide range of mixed media in her compositions, including oil paint sticks, ink, charcoal, graphite, and pastels. In portraiture and collage, Franna’s academic background in fashion illustration becomes more apparent, especially in her acute understanding of the body and the deliberateness of her line. She has described her work as being, “less literal and more elemental – an expression and an exploration of an often unclear inner reality” and that raw energy is undeniably evident in her depictions of black crows and other animals of prey.
Franna has a BFA degree from the Academy of Art College and has been practicing at Creative Growth since 2010. Her work has been featured at D’Dessin Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair, Drawing Now Fair in Paris, Outsider Art Fair in New York and Paris, NADA Miami, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in South Korea. Franna’s work has also been selected by Anthropologie for a number of special collaborative projects.
Born 1952, San Pedro, California.