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FRAN LARSEN


Through Mesas and Mountains

Through Mesas and Mountains
Painting (H 22in x W 20in)
Arroyo Summer

Arroyo Summer
Painting (H 26in x W 22in)
Sun Clouds

Sun Clouds
Painting (H 17in x W 19in)

Moonlight at Chimayo

Moonlight at Chimayo
Painting (H 17in x W 19in)
On the High Road, Above and Below

On the High Road, Above and Below
Painting (H 19in x W 17in)
To the Beyond

To the Beyond
Painting (H 12.5in x W 13.5in)

Patterns: Land and Sky

Patterns: Land and Sky
Painting (H 13.5in x W 13.5in)
When Comes the Moon

When Comes the Moon
Painting (H 13.5in x W 13.5in)
Dawn Arising

Dawn Arising
Painting (H 13.5in x W 13.5in)

At Dusk, Going Home

At Dusk, Going Home
Painting (H 13.5in x W 13.5in)
Inside Out, Outside In: Scene and Unseen

Inside Out, Outside In: Scene and Unseen
Painting (H 20in x W 22in)
Over, Around and Through, The High Road

Over, Around and Through, The High Road
Painting (H 42in x W 32in)

Moon Over Green River

Moon Over Green River
Painting (H 22in x W 20in)
By the Brilliance of Moonlight

By the Brilliance of Moonlight
Painting (H 24in x W 32in)
Watching the Stars Come Out

Watching the Stars Come Out
Painting (H 22in x W 22in)

Looking Here and There

Looking Here and There
Painting (H 32in x W 42in)
In the Desert, Clouds and Stars

In the Desert, Clouds and Stars
Painting (H 36in x W 60in)
Here and There

Here and There
Painting (H 20in x W 22in)

The Mountain Beyond

The Mountain Beyond
Painting (H 19in x W 17in)
Inside Out, Outside In: The Door to Beyond

Inside Out, Outside In: The Door to Beyond
Painting (H 19in x W 17in)
Dawn Shadows, Chimayo

Dawn Shadows, Chimayo
Painting (H 17in x W 19in)

Across the Canyon, Dawn

Across the Canyon, Dawn
Painting (H 13.5in x W 13.5in)
Over and Beyond

Over and Beyond
Painting (H 17in x W 19in)

Artist Biography

Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1937, Larsen grew up in the resort community of South Haven, Michigan, on the south end of Lake Michigan. As a child she learned about the “construction” of the land from an uncle who was a glacial geologist. She also drew at an early age, mentored in part by her grandmother who praised and posted her drawings.

Graduating magna cum laude with her BA from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Larsen went on to study art at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and at Hope College, Holland, Michigan. At the height of a successful art career in Michigan, in 1980, Larsen followed the sun to New Mexico. Their son Ted Larsen has also become a painter and sculptor.

Larsen says that her paintings are metaphors of her reaction to New Mexico’s geological grandeur and vibrant cultures. “I am inspired by the way the environment makes me feel,” she says. “So, while I reference actual buildings and landscapes, my paintings are what I call ‘self talk.’ They are intensely personal dialogues between my perceptions and conception, between colors I see and colors that express my bliss.”

“Paintings are not windows onto the world, they are reflections of who you are,” she explains. “That’s why I started carving and painting my frames more than twenty years ago—the frame is an extension of my cockeyed optimism in this magical place.” Inspired by travels to Mexico and by the carved and painted vigas she saw in Santa Fe’s St. Francis Auditorium, Larsen designs and paints each frame to complement the painting. “The frame also reasserts that the painting is an object as opposed to a representation,” she says.




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