Explore the talent and inspiration of the many varied artists that are members of the Franklin Art Association!
Explore the talent and inspiration of the many varied artists that are members of the Franklin Art Association!
I enjoy capturing moments in time when I paint – moments that are a part of my life. There are so many places and events that occur day to day that I never have a difficult time trying to find subject matter for my paintings. I usually start with my own backyard. I love painting outdoor scenes that reflect the natural beauty of our world.
Learn more about Jerry’s and view samples of his art in his Gallery.
Influenced by her British Mum, always surrounded by magical English gardens, Sarah explores the “secret life of plants.” Her paintings sometimes have a hint of British fairy stories from her childhood. Most of the subjects in her paintings are from her own garden, capturing the energy, movement, and quiet moments in nature.
Learn more about Sarah and view samples of her art in her Gallery.
I work and teach in many drawing and painting mediums such as watercolor, acrylic, oil, colored pencil and pen and ink. I feel it is important to keep current with the mediums in which I teach. The different mediums stimulate my imagination and allows for more creativity and growth. I decide which medium to use depending on my vision for each painting. I travel extensively in order to collect images and ideas to help create most of my paintings, which have nature as the theme. In any medium, my paintings accent color with a vibrantly complex color pallet. My paintings are also noted for their sense of movement, and my attention to detail. I explore many different techniques while adding my own interpretation.
Learn more about Lisa and view samples of her art in her Gallery.
My name is Judy Belben, and the medium I create in is photography. I have enjoyed taking pictures most of my life. I strive to develop my skills and knowledge through local artists and instructors, alike. I am inspired by nature, and our historic resources. Each day offers another opportunity in photography, and our changing seasons in New England are unmatched anywhere. I hope to inspire all artists at all levels to enjoy the experience of creativity.
Learn more about Judy and view samples of her art in her Gallery.
A RISD Store staff member for 20 years, Michelle has been a painter even longer. With aspirations to be a gallery artist, Michelle continues making traditional style paintings of the subjects she loves. Not wanting to limit herself, she has chosen to “zone in” on each of her favorite subjects individually for a period of time: “I love landscapes, the countryside. I love animals. Right now I’m working on still lifes…I pick something meaningful to me, like antiques. If the antiques are from my family, even better. That connection makes it better.”
Learn more about Michelle and view samples of her art in her Gallery.
I’m a daily painter with an aim to be more painterly.
Everywhere I go, I think of how I would paint what I see before me.
I have more fun.
Learn more about Dorothy and view samples of her art in her Gallery.
Shelly Eager came to painting through a background in interior design and travels around the world. Through her experience in her design business, she learned the importance of balance, scale, color, and composition. Through worldwide travels, she learned the art, patterns, history, and colors of the handcrafts of many other cultures. She has learned to see through many eyes.
Learn more about Shelly and view samples of her art in her Gallery.
My first “church” painting started with the image of the little chapel close to my grandmother’s old house in Brasov. I loved sneaking off to visit this place in my childhood. This began a relationship with my tangled Romanian roots through painting. When I paint I am not bound by a place, a time, an identity. Through these images I can enter into this undefined place and experience glimpses of a reality that exists in my heart.
When retiring from elementary teaching, then moving from Maine, Gail Eckberg was asked to teach art with the Franklin Public Schools Continuing Lifelong Learning in 1999. She has taught pastel, watercolor, oil, acrylics, mixed media, monotype images, and more, from that time. She has demonstrated for art groups, held plein air workshops, and has judged both adult and youth art exhibits. Her award winning art is held in private and public collections, both here and abroad. Her travels worldwide have taken her from simple to over-the-top places, staying and ‘going native’, while honing her artistic skills. Growing up with many various artists in her family, she learned to appreciate art as well as doing it herself from a young age, and throughout her life. She loves sharing her art background and knowledge with others, and wants everyone to either paint or appreciate the arts, or both. As a teacher, it is so gratifying to see students achieve, grow, and accomplish skills with each class. Drawing out the artist in a person, to paint in their own style, while truly enjoy doing it, is what it is about, for this artist-teacher.
Learn more about Gail and view samples of her art in her Gallery.
Dick Fotland received science degrees from Case Western Reserve University. During his professional career, he conceived and developed a number of technologies for forming images on paper. He started watercolor painting in 1997, switching to oil in 2000. He reasons that conceptual engineering and art share many attributes; both require vision to foresee possibilities, striving for simplicity and focus, and the ability to discard what doesn’t work.
Learn more about Dick and view samples of his art at Illuminare Gallery.
The world of art has been a wonderful journey for me. I generally paint daily, learning with each painting session. My inspiration comes from the landscapes of a day well spent.
My artistic goal is to share a wonderful day that I have had. Nature is ever changing, and you only have a small window to capture it’s magnificence.
Learn more about Carol and view samples of her artwork in her Gallery.
Learn more about Richard and view additional artwork in his Gallery.
Art has always been Daydre’s passion. She attended Endicott College where she took classes in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Pottery. She started out as a potter, expanded into sculpture, before finding her way to Watercolors. Her award winning work has appeared at various galleries and shows throughout New England.
Learn more about Daydre and view additional artwork in her Gallery.
Scanner photography, or scanography, is a fairly unknown but growing art technique, using a digital scanner to capture images of flowers, leaves, seashells and more. The unique images the scanners capture yield an almost three-dimensional effect. But after visualizing and composing the shots, that’s where the hard work begins: detailed editing to remove any stray pollen or dust, and to turn the background 100% black — a process that can take 15-20 hours per image and often much more. The inky black background, though, makes the resulting images “pop”.
Naoko became interested in painting in watercolor after she took a landscape painting class at Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA. She attended the class for 5 years and learned “Plein Air” style watercolor painting from the same teacher, Mary Beaumont. Her enthusiasm in art grew stronger as she developed her painting skills in the class. As it turned out, painting became more than just a weekend hobby. Beautiful nature landscape and her dearest twin tabby cats are a great inspiration in her art.
Learn more about Naoko and view samples of her art in her Gallery.
Joanne’s watercolors are immediately identified by her wonderful colors and the interplay of light and shadows. New England lighthouses, sandy beaches and historic barns and buildings are considered by many to be her most interesting subjects. But then again, others favor her snowy winter scenes, life-like birds, colorful flowers and playing children. No matter what the subject, Joanne captures a feeling that will draw you into her watercolors and provide you, your family and friends many years of enjoyment.
Learn more about Joanne and view samples of her art in her Gallery.
Helene has been painting for over 25 years, favoring marine scenes around coastal New England. The movement of the waves, the play of light on water and sand and the natural beauty of New England provides her with inspiration and challenge.
Learn more about Helene and view samples of her art in her Gallery.
Kristin Morrill loves and captures the essence of wild life in Nature, with birds a specialty.
A love of gardening and flowers is also depicted in many of her pieces, in watercolor, oil and acrylic.
Living in Mendon for 30+ years, the animals and birds by the streams in the woods next to her home are abundant sources of delight
An artisan who creates fabulous jewelry, Native American gourd work and wood burning, the scope for Kristin to show the beauty in our word is endless.
Learn more about Kristin and view samples of her art in her Gallery.
You can also see her artwork and other creations at http://www.kristinmorrill.com.
Hans was born in Vienna, Austria, where he also grew up. His father, Hans Nagl, Sr., was a professional photographer for the US government, exposing Hans to this art since his early childhood days. In 1984 Hans moved to the United States from Austria and mostly lived in the Philadelphia, Pa area. He also lived in Tokyo, Japan. Hans and his family, including daughter Shiori, moved to Franklin in early spring 2013. Currently he is mostly interested in landscape and nature related photography. Professionally Hans is employed in the Pharmaceutical industry on the commercial consulting side.
Learn more about Hans and view samples of his work in his Gallery.
For over 40 years, Karole has explored various expressive mediums including ceramics, collage, watercolor, acrylics, oils and hanging sculpture. In 2001, she took her first pastel class and discovered the medium that would speak to her like no other. Karole is a member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Connecticut Pastel Society, New Hampshire Pastel Society, the Attleboro Arts Museum and the Foxboro and Franklin Art Associations. She teaches and consults as requested on art projects and exhibitions.
Learn more about Karole and view samples of her art in her Gallery.
Kris uses color and detailed rendering to capture the romance of the areas she paints. Capturing the light and mood of a scene is important to her. Kris paints en plein air, as well as, in her studio. Her favorite subjects are landscape, seascape, street scenes, and flowers. A native of Attleboro, MA, Kris often selects scenes from her local area that she has fond memories of, as well as, scenes that are in danger of disappearing.
Learn more about Kris and view samples of her art in her Gallery.
“Creating a piece of art is a journey whose final destination is not known. Whatever the inspiration may be, it is the conversation between this, the artist and medium that triggers the marks that create a new reality. It is during this process that we access the deep well of visual memory that excites us when the work acquires a life of its own on paper or canvas. To be open to the possibilities, to love the medium of choice and know its expressive qualities and limitations, to say something in visual terms that has not been said before – that is what invites and inspires me.”
Learn more about Susan and view samples of her art in her Gallery.
Linda has spent many years sketching and painting when she could steal a few moments. Recently she has had more time and likes to weave her life long love of animals, outdoors and fun together into her paintings.
Learn more about Linda and view samples of her art in her Gallery.
As an artist, my goal is to find and exploit the extraordinary in the commonplaces of our world. I want to capture the spirit of my subjects. If successful, the viewer’s emotions are invoked and memorable images will continue to re-kindle one’s feelings about the subject.
This, I believe, is the power of art!
I want to create attractive paintings that you will be proud to display in your home… with images that continue to please your eye and lift your spirits. I want my paintings to help viewers celebrate the magnificence of the world in which we live.
Learn more about Frank and view samples of his work in his Gallery.
Marjorie has been in love with photography since receiving her first camera, a Brownie. After painting in oils for several years, she returned to her first love, photography.
She loves capturing the beauty and power of nature, the intricate landscape of cities, finding the large in the small, streets that invite viewers to walk down them, doors that beckon you inside, the colorful splash or eloquent grace of a flower, those small details that are worlds in themselves. She believes we all need beauty to nourish our souls as much as we need bread to feed our bodies.
Learn more about Marjorie and view samples of her work in her Gallery.
Photographing abandoned sites tell a story and document the passage of time. They are places that have been forgotten and left behind for nature to take over. It is a meditation. It is quiet and still. You can hear only sounds of your footsteps, water dripping, the wind. You can smell the age, the mold, the moss. You try not to leave footprints. You don’t want to ruin the appearance of desolation. You want to leave the place as you found it. Move nothing, change nothing. There is beauty in these places. There is history. A freezing of time.
Learn more about Rebecca and view samples of her work in her Gallery.
Robin Wessman is an award winning artist who paints in the realist tradition and is known for his coastal New England landscapes and still life paintings.
Learn more about Robin and view samples of his work in his Gallery.
Bruce Wood is a painter and avant-garde film maker whose works have been featured at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and The Museum of Modern Art (Beaubourg) in Paris. His paintings are contemporary versions of academic impressionist techniques. They combine modern color theory with traditional subjects (landscapes & seascapes) and a strong sense of visual rhythm.
Learn more about Bruce and view samples of his work in his Gallery.