Francene Christianson

She graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a B.A. in Art. Her career in advertising and graphic design included art direction for several creative agencies in New York and Los Angeles, including Ogilvy & Mather and Grey Advertising. After her commercial career, she returned to fine art. Her original portraits, landscapes and commissioned works have been shown or sold at The Grand Hand Gallery, The Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Hopkins Center for the Arts, The Minnesota State Fair and Art-A-Whirl. Her paintings have been placed in private collections across the country.

I am intrigued with the “passing view”. My landscapes and portraits aim to capture moments in my life and travels. Inspired by old family snapshots, the unfolding narrative is like a story retold by your favorite uncle. I use my photographs as a setting and my memories as a vantage point. That separation allows me to paint what I feel, not just what I have seen.