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Fran Larsen (b. 1937)  Artworks >>

Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1937, Larsen grew up on the south end of Lake Michigan. As a child she learned about the make up of the land from an uncle who was a glacial geologist. Graduating with high honors with her BA from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Larsen went on to study art at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and at Hope College, Holland, Michigan. At the height of a successful art career in Michigan, in 1980, Larsen moved to New Mexico. Larsen says that her paintings are metaphors of her reaction to New Mexico's geological grandeur and vibrant cultures. "I am inspired by the way the environment makes me feel," she says. "So, while I reference actual buildings and landscapes, my paintings are what I call 'self talk. They are intensely personal dialogues between my perceptions and conception, between colors I see and colors that express my bliss." "Paintings are not windows onto the world, they are reflections of who you are," she explains. "That's why I started carving and painting my frames more than twenty years ago - the frame is an extension of my cockeyed optimism in this magical place. Source

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