ABOUT THE FRAN
Thank you for visiting my website and for wanting to get to know me. So let me introduce myself a bit:
My name is Francine, aka The Fran. I started making art and designing patterns after I started to break down the old patterns I grew up with. Back in 1986 I was born on the Dutch bible belt into a religious community that did all the thinking and deciding for me.
After 30 years I wanted nothing more than to break free. Create a life of my own. Crafting my own experiences. And making up my own mind. So that’s what I did.
The art and patterns I create now are based on colourful freedom. On lighthearted happiness. And on the joy of all the possibilities life offers. Since I create art with all colours of the rainbow I feel more alive and more myself than ever. I never want to go back to a life dictated by others. I want to create and enjoy a colourful life on my own terms.
It’s a dream come true that my creative energy travels around the world and finds it’s way to the hearts and homes of buyers and collectors.
MY ARTISTIC APPROACH
My artistic approach can be summarized by three themes: energy, the boldness of nature and this human life.
As a child with a restrictive religious upbringing I wasn’t allowed to go to art school nor to pursue any kind of creative career. Obviously not a very rebellious child I obeyed but I got very unhappy with life, myself and the choices I made. After graduating it took me 6 years to discover I had to shake off all these restrictive convictions about what life’s supposed to be. So I didn’t paint until I was 30 and since then I feel this sort of incredible urgency in creating, in catching up with myself. That urgency gives my work energy and electricity. It makes my work pure, spontaneous, direct and bold.
The boldness of nature
Nature inspires me with her unapologetic colours, shapes, diversity and versatility. The same kind of inspiration I find in the work of Swedish artist Malin Gabriella Nordin and Canadian artist Sarah Hughes. Nature is the only place where I can feel truly relaxed and energetic at the same time. It inspires my work as well as my artistic approach. It teaches me to not try to fit into styles or boxes but to grow like a massive rhododendron tree and reach up to the sky.
Nature also inspires me to create my own universe, just like Yayoi Kusama. That’s why I translate my paintings into fabric patterns and print them on carpets, fabrics, scarves and cushion covers. That way people can really immerse themselves in the exotic bold energy of nature. I try to capture that energy in all colours I am able to create with my three primary colours + black and white. Mixing colours is one of the core practices of my work. It takes me away to coral reefs, botanic gardens and tropical forests. So while creating my own colourful universe I travel the whole wide world in my mind.
This human life
In my artistic energy I feel like the love baby of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. With my work I want to dance between the total bliss of carefree joie de vivre and the inevitable pain and sorrow that come with living this human life. I wish to lift people up and comfort them. We are together in this and all emotions are valid to feel and express.
MY ART STUDIO
As of May 2020 I have my own art studio located in the city of Den Bosch, The Netherlands. I work with paint, clay and fabrics. And I’m planning to learn to work with wood.
My ultimate dream is to one day have a cottage in the Northwestern Scottish region of Wester Ross. Build an art studio next to it and create a great garden in front with a tiny tea house. That way I can combine all things I love to do: make art, create beautiful things, cater to plants and make people feel at home with a nice cuppa!
Once a year I take a creative retreat somewhere in Europe. In 2019 I painted the 2020 summer art collection in Catalonia while staying at an old ‘hacienda’ located on the slope of a hill in the country side near Olot. Sounds romantic right? Let me just say: I am not build for temperatures above 27 degrees Celcius. So I was very happy when I got home XD
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