The Art of Frances Reighley

Artist Statement

From time-to-time, I'm asked about what prompts my artwork. The images just come; they seem to be seeking a place to live. If I don't put them on a canvas then they wonder around inside my head…waiting and waiting…they won't go away!

Composition starts in Photoshop with photos - at times combining 3-8 photos - much like a collage. I tweak the heck out of it with multiple filters, blending, cropping, and more until it starts to sing. At the painting stage, I use a colored ground on the canvas, usually violet. Then, the composition is transferred to the canvas. Playing with rich oils, texture, and lighting intrigues me as their harmony starts the magic. My hope is that my creation will invite the viewer to come closer, look intently – smile perhaps - and listen to the gentle whisper of a story.

In 2019, I started dabbling in assemblage art; it's a nice resting place between paintings. Painting feels like a head thing, where assemblage feels more like a full body experience. It also gives me a chance to satisfy my insatiable craving to put things in order. I'm drawn to old tired objects, their soft worn edges, rusty colors and rich patina. They have a history and a beauty that isn't quite done yet. It is so satisfying to give them a new lease on life, renewed vigor and value.

Please don't hesitate to contact me by phone at (805)705-1528, especially if you are interested in making a purchase. In-joy!