Artist for October - Mary Elizabeth FrancoMonday October 1, 2018
10:00 AM until 8:00 PM
Mary Elizabeth Franco (“Mare”) is a local artist of multiple talents, who studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. The creative joy she takes in her work has been expressed through a variety of mediums, with frequent use of acrylics incorporating elements of nature. Starting her career as an interior designer, Mare’s appreciation for beauty not only is reflected in her subject matter, but has led to her present focus on landscape consultation and garden design.
In addition to being “garden caretaker” for many busy homeowners, Mare continues to consult on interior living spaces as well, not only for color selection and furniture placement, but for larger scale hand-painted murals and personally tailored hand-painted furniture.
Mare is skilled in the art of tromp l’oeil (“fool the eye” ) , depicting within her work objects that evoke realistic imagery. A focal point in a local restaurant features her colorful depiction of sunflowers and fills the dining room with whimsy. Her more playful side is reflected in her gift objects, including hand-crafted canvas collectible bags for jewelry, wine, or larger seasonal bags specially designed for repeated use and display. Recent seasonal pieces include small keepsakes rendered on wood, paper, canvas and antique slate. Mare’s pet portraits capture the unique spirit of her animal subjects and bring them to life. One such example is a large mural in a nearby pet hotel, full of whimsical creatures and family pets which she has also rendered on a smaller scale for her in-home clients. Mare specializes in children’s rooms and nurseries. She also does a wide range of canvas work, including landscapes and abstracts.
Mare’s use of layered color and her imaginative ability to vividly capture her subjects make each piece of her art memorable, large or small.
Location: Art Gallery
to go to the Oakmont Carnegie Library