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.
Richard Liziario Guardabascio always had an interest in arts and crafts. Upon retiring he became interested in watercolor painting and other mediums. He has been attending adult education art classes on Monday evenings. With a natural understanding of outdoor scenes it is a joy to add wildlife to his paintings. Richard is affiliated with the Franklin Art Association and the Blackstone Valley Art Association. He has had several paintings shown in art shows in the local area. Richard uses Lizario when signing paintings in honor of his Grandfather.
Learn more about Richard and view additional artwork in his Gallery.
I paint because it makes me happy. Painting is therapy and taking an empty canvas and creating a new painting…that is an awesome feeling.
I love all mediums…using different mediums inspires me to always be learning new techniques. I gravitate to painting landscapes and animals. I hope my paintings express the joy that creating them gives me.
Learn more about Elizabeth 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”.