San Anselmo Artists Open Studios
began painting and drawing at an early age, deciding upon a career in the arts
in high school. After high school French attended the Fashion Institute of
Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. During that time her mother became
terminally ill and French was needed at home to care for her younger siblings.
French enrolled at West Los Angeles College and decided to concentrate her
artistic talents on fine art and painting.
interested in printmaking and studied etching at U.C. L.A., later joining “St.
Jives” printmaking studio co-op in Venice, CA. As a painter, monoprints and
collage became a natural medium of choice though painting was still a primary
focus. French often uses both mediums and figurative and abstraction to “mix it
up a bit” and has done several series using these disciplines.
French is a
California native, who greatly appreciates the geographic diversity of the
Golden State and finds this an endless inspiration for her art.
French uses the
power of the brush and her love of color to develop her series of “fantasy
landscapes” and her love of line to develop the challenge of working in an
abstract/non-representational format – essentially creating something from
nothing. French notes that artists such as Kandinsky and Charles Burchfield as
having an influence on her art but discovered that her work also resides more in
the abstract expressionist vein of Milton Resnick, Richard Pausette-dart and
“I approach my
painting intuitively to convey a sense of tranquility and spiritual awareness,
hoping to stretch the viewer’s imagination and lead them into a meditative
journey. Art goes hand in hand with the deeper level spirituality has for the
ability to look beyond reality.”