Picturing Evanston

Fran Joy

What brought you to Evanston?
I moved to Evanston from Chicago to purchase my first home so that I could raise my kids in the following: good education, better neighborhoods, great art culture, and diversity. 

How does your environment inform your art?
I have a personal need for a peaceful, colorful and orderly environment. I need it to be sacred and my sanctuary.

Describe your art, in a hundred words or less.
I have a need to express and share a spiritual journey through works on social justice, women, tribal cultures, and the strength and of powerful figures who have survived and conquered some of the worst things in life possible. 

What is your medium?
Oil pastels and acrylics on canvas and wood.

What are you currently working on?
I’m working on my largest solo exhibit to date for the City of Evanston on the strength, spirit and power of women. 7/13/18, 5 to 7pm at Lorraine Morton Civic Center, Parasol Room on the 4th floor.

Name one piece of art, by any artist, that blew your mind or otherwise inspired you.
That’s so hard. I remember a piece when I was a child that was of a street scene in Harlem. I don’t know the artist but I remember looking at it all the time. I had a friend who died that I loved his watercolors. They were so moody/broody. It was the first original piece that I ever bought. His name was Charles Fulks. And then I was amazed at a piece my husband did way back in the 80’s where he had twigs and branches gathered to design and create a life size horse. It still stands in amazement to this day. And then there are the famous artists like, Gauguin, Frida Kahlo, Basquiat, O’Keefe, Rembrandt and others. 

Why art?
It was my passion from kindergarten when I was introduced to finger painting. Society told me as a kid to not go into art because I would starve. So I went into corporate America instead to be disregarded and then discarded after almost 20 years. The only world that opened the door to me after that time period was Art.

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