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Jack Franco

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Jack Franco

Mailing Address PO Box 731
 Abiquiú, NM 87510
Phone 505-685-4791
Figurative & Landscape Oil Paintings

Following a twenty-five year career as a Nationally recognized bird sculptor, I have taken the long desired path to painting full-time and have been fully involved for the past ten years.


My desire in painting is to convey the magical light of morning, evening and moonlit nights of the New Mexico landscape, and the mystique and power of religious beliefs, superstitions and ethnic pride of this unique region. My intention is not to paint pretty pictures - I don't see the world through those eyes. I consider myself a realist and view the world and painting as such. There is the ever-present tension of good and evil - tranquility and turbulence - passion and indifference reflected in my work. Struggle is a part of the human condition and the creative spirit - I want my paintings to make the viewer think and question, to react to what they see.

Although I graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Visual Design in 1965, I am primarily self-taught. Painting for me is a daily battle to create good composition and to use colors that convey the moods I desire in my work; it is a battle I engage in and look forward to every day.

My biggest influence was a painter/instructor in college who lit the fire a long time ago when I was eighteen years old. The modern artists for whom I have the greatest respect are Gauguin, Chagall and Goya and a collective group of present painters and writers in whose work I find inspiration. With each new painting I feel I learn a little more about my art, myself, and the mystery of it all - and the battle goes on.