Best of Pelham Art Festival Online Theme Challenge "Beauty in Niagara": The Curated Collection Award Winner is Artist Francie McGlynn
May 26, 2022
Of Time, Nests And Things That Grew
"In my art, I have been exploring what it means to be over seventy in a society that doesn't often value the voices of its elders nor admire the beauty of their faces. With that in mind, I constructed this assemblage of found-in-Niagara objects all of which are long past the time when they had a biological job to do in the Niagara ecosystem. And yet if we observe them and wonder at the intricacies in their construction we start to see and respect the beauty and wisdom in all stages of life".
Francie McGlynn uses her hands to cover her canvas with colour. She "reads' the shapes she sees in her abstract paintings and uses oil paint sticks to draw the image that wants to appear.
"Influenced by the work of Marc Chagall and Carl Jung, I use my oil paintings to reach into my right brain/intuitive side. I am interested in the collective unconscious, that endless river of shared human experiences - and from there I work to capture universal images to which the viewer reacts viscerally. I have shown my artwork at the TAG Gallery in St. Catharines, the Pelham Art Festival and the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair. I am a member of the Queen Street Artists Group, (QSAG), Niagara Falls and Supporting Women, Femmes and Trans artists group, (SWFT), St. Catharines".