August Featured Artist: Lacy Franko

Welcome to the Eclectix blog! Each month we'll be featuring one of our artists. We will also be sharing information about our events and other news. This month's featured artist is Lacy Franko who is not only an amazing artist but is also our fearless Director! Please enjoy her interview.

 

What is your favorite piece of yours and why?

My favorite piece on display is Serenity. I love this piece because it expresses how colorful and hopeful life can be. I didn’t always find my existence to be so optimistic, but over the course of time I’ve found that there is always a new beginning, a fresh start, or a silver lining to every cloud.

How did you get started painting?

I just recently found my love of painting. I was enrolled at Independence Community College and took a Painting I class. That’s where I was mentored by Janelle Null, who pushed me to go beyond my boundaries, go outside my comfort zone, and push my limits. I also learned that constructive criticism can only make you grow as an artist. I’m still learning and growing, not only as an artist, but also as an individual.

 
  "Serenity" Lacy Franko

"Serenity" Lacy Franko

What most inspires your art?

Life! I am moved by current events, or the relationship of nature to our emotions. I am invoked mostly by emotions. I’ve been characterized as an empath, I’m charged with emotion by others. When someone feels, it radiates and I can’t help but feel things by it. I find myself provoked to express those feelings through art.

How do you decide what you're going to paint? Is it the same process for abstract paintings as it is for others?

  "Condiments" Lacy Franko

"Condiments" Lacy Franko

I don’t really decide what I’m going to create. I’m moved by something, a person, an act, or political discussion, and my subconscious pushes my vision forward. I may have a plan in mind, but very rarely does a piece end up how I initially started. Abstract paintings are different for me, I don’t plan them at all. I just let my paint tell me what it wants. I find abstract art hard to translate. It’s fluid, like water or emotion.

Who is your favorite artist and why?

I must choose only one? Dale Chihuly and Janet Fish are both hugely influential. Their use of color and composition excite my senses. I aspire to brighten others with visuals the way their art does for me.

What is your favorite part about being a member of Eclectix Art Gallery?

Being a member of Eclectix is like being adopted into a crazy, fun, caring, supportive, and loving family. The creativity is something I thrive off. Everyone is so different, and yet, we all work well together. My favorite part is being a part of something that will only grow with time. Each of us has an investment in each other and our future. That feeling, of family, that’s my favorite part.

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren't making art?

Paperwork? No! Just kidding… I have a family. A husband and two kids. They are my favorite thing. Period. Art is my escape, like floating. My family is my heart. Doing things together, being weird, going on adventures, that’s my favorite thing in the world.

What other media do you enjoy besides acrylic paints?

Seriously?!? Anything I can get my hands on! I enjoy clay, pastels, paper mache, wire, water color, oils, charcoal, markers, crayons, assemblage, and so much more I can’t think of. There are a lot of things I haven’t tried yet though. But my next favorite is pastel drawing. It allows me to express in color, or romanticize a piece. I also enjoy the control I have with it.

What's your favorite color?

I don’t have a favorite. That would be like choosing a favorite child! I couldn’t do it.

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