All of Fran Hardy's work focuses on the natural world, especially native flora and its preservation. She is proficient and inventive with a wide variety of media, but her recent work focuses on large drawings on panel, often also utilizing watercolor and various acrylic mediums and grounds. An eye for meticulous detail infuses Hardy's work, and she says that often various magical creatures and forms will make themselves known to the viewer within the twisting bark of her trees. "My early childhood was spent in the solitary pursuit of reading magic books and fairy tales, and along with my desire to save the natural world and vanishing ancient trees and flora, these forest sprites emerge unbidden and subconsciously as I draw. I enjoy the fact that like observing clouds, every viewer of my work will see different images in the gnarled bark of my trees." With six solo museum exhibitions, two traveling shows and a 15-year retrospective, Hardy's work has reached a wide audience across the country. She has produced three educational documentaries that have aired at museums and on national television. View a segment of one of her video presentations at the gallery.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Preston Contemporary Art Center Opening-Mesilla, NM