FRANCES K. GROSSMAN ~ NEWTON MA
“Art labours to make whole what
is incomplete, to supplement by an act of imagination the fragments and scraps
- Julia Briggs, Introduction.
Library Edition of To the Lighthouse
I have loved this description
intent since I first read it and have come to understand that the wish to
bring coherence and unity to the “fragments and scraps of (my) life” is
an important part of my passion to paint. It feels essential to me to share
this developing sense of myself as reflected in my paintings with others
in my community: family, friends, colleagues and others who resonate to art.
A central theme in my quest for integration
is finding ways to bring together into some whole the darks and the lights
in my life. Both the darks and the lights, the pain and the joy, have always
been very intense for me and that feels to me like both a gift and a source
of fragmentation. Some of my paintings seem primarily to reside in the light,
to reflect pleasure, beauty, and hope. Others to me have more of a darker
cast, and reflect pain, isolation and sadness. The paintings I
like best have both, beauty and shadow. Others often do not see the same
tones in any given painting, and that interests and sometimes pleases me
My newest development is a passion for palette knife painting,
inspired by A. Paul Filiberto, a wonderful Provincetown artist. I am clearly able to express parts
of myself that have not found room in most of my brush paintings.