As an artist, I have always been drawn to the essence of an emotion elicited by my subject. A well thought out composition and the direction of the light, is essential. What is it that I can offer the viewer that can draw them into the relationship between figures that revolve around love, lust, hate, desire, or obsession? Whether it’s a painting of early automobiles, that speak to the history of their time; the power of the thoroughbred racing with the heart of a champion; or an orchid that suggest human emotions, painting is my way to express these human emotions that we all relate to and feel in our own way. Figures twisted together, an American flag rendered with honor, passion and sorrow, how does a subject sit in the atmosphere…how does the light play upon the surface that makes it come alive. People tell me what they see and often it’s entirely different than what I was saying…and is it not the ultimate compliment for an artist to have a work speak directly and intimately to another?
Francine Stuart (née Costantini) was born in New York City and raised in the Catskills. Received her Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in studio art, specifically sculpture and painting. Her work has been shown in group exhibits throughout the US.