Q&A with... Anna Franklin
We came across Anna Franklin via Instagram and were instantly drawn to her abstract style and use of colour. We caught up with her to find out more about her work, how it began and what inspires her to create.
F&A: Hi Anna! Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are from?
AF: My name is Anna Cate Franklin and I live in Western North Carolina with my husband, Steven.
F&A: When did you start painting and why?
AF: I started painting with acrylics when I was eight. My parents sent me to art classes. I wasn't passionate about it then, but I'm grateful now because I learned so much. When I graduated from high school, I stopped painting and spent time drawing and cartooning. I only rediscovered painting in recent years when I became interested in abstraction and multimedia, and I haven't stopped painting since.
F&A: What inspires you to create your work?
AF: My current work is inspired by traditional Valentine's Day imagery – pastel-colored candy, frosting, paper Valentines - and finding the weirdness in these things. One reason I like using metal leaf is that it reminds me of foil wrappers on chocolate. I also find inspiration in sunsets, clouds, and stormy skies.
F&A: What is creativity to you?
AF: Creativity is like oxygen. It's my only option.
F&A: How do you lead a creative life?
AF: I try to make time to paint everyday, but I also diversify. I enjoy digital photography, creative writing, and theatre as well. These things inform and inspire each other. Steven is also a creative person, and we're always sharing ideas and supporting each other. We live in a small space, and when I took over the dining room table as an art studio, he was completely understanding.
F&A: Who is your favorite artist?
FA: Vincent van Gogh. I have prints all over my place – some of them are just postcards I've put in little frames. I also love the German Expressionists – especially Franz Marc and August Macke. Recently, though, I've been obsessed with Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard. It might seem odd that my favorite artists are so removed from the style of paintings I love to do, but it's refreshing to me.
See more of Anna's work here: www.annacfranklin.com
Follow Anna on Instagram @annafranklinart