Creating gesture, motion, energy and space on canvas is the objective of Lauralee Franco’s oil paintings. “I use paint to begin a conversation,” Franco says, and that conversation is conducted through a juxtaposition of textures, colors and forms. From outdoor scenes composed of soft lines and blocks of tone to abstract works that bring internal moods and emotions to vivid external life, the artist is constantly balancing contrasts, giving her work a liveliness that draws the viewer in. Franco also notes that dance has been a strong influence on the rhythm of her paintings, and the physical freedom found in dance is reflected in their dynamic brushstrokes and vibrant color combinations.
But the energy of the artist’s work goes hand in hand with harmony. Her balanced compositions give a unity and order to each image, placing their contrasts in a framework that renders them all the more powerful. “I hope to illuminate our true desires,” she says, and her paintings shed new light on the secrets that lie within us. Franco lives and works in Sea Cliff, Long Island.