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BIOGRAPHY

Fran’s love for the visual arts started at a very young age.  From her earliest years and throughout high school she excelled in drawing and painting, won awards, and was encouraged by her high school art teacher. Fran Redmon graduated with a BFA in commercial art and a studio concentration in weaving from Western Kentucky University in 1977. She has worked as a graphic artist and for most of her working life directed the award-winning Kentucky Crafted program for the state of Kentucky.

In retirement, Fran has returned to her first love of creating her own art. She was raised in rural Kentucky, the daughter of a tobacco and cattle farmer. Her heritage in agriculture and love of the natural beauty of rural Kentucky is at the root of her inspiration.  Looking for a medium suitable for her work setting, she took up pastels; which, she feels best enables her to depict her love of nature and the pastoral scenes of Kentucky.  She also creates painterly digitized photographs that often become inspirations for her paintings.

She has been producing and selling her pastel paintings since 2014. She has been included in numerous exhibits hosted by the Kentucky Arts Council, and several nationally juried exhibits. She has sold her work at the Kentucky Artisan Center and Love Art Gallery. 

ARTIST STATEMENT

"It can be as simple as the way the afternoon light casts long shadows on a newly-mown field, or the feelings conjured by seeing a pastoral scene reminiscent of my days growing up on a working farm."

I have a varied background in the visual arts. I have explored graphic design, printmaking, and a major studio in weaving as a college student. I have a long-time love of photography and capturing the beauty of nature and the surroundings of my native Kentucky and the Bluegrass region of the state. 

My return to the visual arts in retirement has led me to working in pastels, a medium with the color, brilliance, and texture that I feel most effectively allows me to interpret the imagery I see in my mind. My inspiration comes from my desire to capture everyday rural scenes and landscapes that have some quality that I relate to on an emotional level. It can be as simple as the way the afternoon light casts long shadows on a newly-mown field, or the feelings conjured by seeing a pastoral scene reminiscent of my days growing up on a working farm. I love the structures associated with agriculture and rural life and the creeks, rivers, country roads, and backwoods readily identifiable with central Kentucky. I have a strong sense of place and find it is always part and parcel of what makes a scene or an image attractive to me. 

While a photo can’t fully capture the visual excitement and richness I might see in front of me, I strive to reinterpret it to better reflect the details, colors, light and shadow that drew me to the scene initially. I am striving to be less literal and more expressive in my work as I progress. I am certainly influenced by impressionism. I love a painting that invites you in and I’m particularly drawn to dynamic composition and patterns. I feel I am very much evolving in my technique and how I want to interpret what I see both before me and in my mind’s eye.

I enjoy viewers’ reactions to my work. Noting, that while they may not always respond to the subject or technique in the way I myself do, I am intrigued by their responses and what they are moved by. Most important to me is that I am enjoying the process of developing as an artist and being able to more fully realize my vision on paper and the emotion I hope to express when I approach each new work. It is very fulfilling to have returned to my first love.