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SOAR Welcomes Joan Franklin to the artist directory!

Theo Drive II, painting by Joan Franklin

Theo Drive II, painting by Joan Franklin

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is so excited to welcome artist Joan Franklin! You can find her new listing here:

To introduce Joan to those who might not know her name, here are a few words from the artist about her journey as an artist.

I fell in love with painting in a private class in Dallas, Texas, where I grew up. I applied to Pratt Institute where I spent the next four years as an Interior Design major, taking fine art classes on the side. Over the years, I continued painting as I pursued busy “art-related” careers. While working in New York as a designer, I completed an MFA at NYU Graduate School of Film and Television. I worked for 20 years in the film industry and as a musician and songwriter for a theater company.
Theo Drive III, painting by Joan Franklin

Theo Drive III, painting by Joan Franklin

But it was painting where I found sustained passion and a sense of calm.  I love the way art transports me into heightened awareness and enables me to “see.” Watercolor is my favorite medium. It’s the shapes, light and immediacy that attract me most.
In 1995 I left New York for Philadelphia and began working for myself , both as a Painter and Organizing Consultant. As I helped people organize their homes and offices to create simpler lives, I myself was creating a simpler lifestyle with more time to paint and study art. In 2004, I moved to The Rogue Valley with my partner, David Lorenz Winston. We love it here.

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