FRANCIE McGLYNN B.A., B.Ed
"When I finish a piece that speaks to me I always have the feeling that I have seen it before, that it has always existed."
I began working with oil pastels after retirement in 2009 but a breast cancer diagnosis last year catapulted me into a whole new and fearless way of viewing the world with oil paint. I still do highlight my paintings with oil pastels. I don't use brushes and the pastel sticks allow me to define smaller areas better than if I was just using my fingers.
A woman's place in society is a theme I return to again and again. I am also interested in spirituality and much of my work reflects my deep interest in the mystery of Creation.
I grew up in Merritton, a small blue collar town which is now part of St. Catharines. I have a degree from the University of Waterloo with a major in Fine Arts and a Teaching Certificate from Brock University. I taught school in the Yukon Territory for over ten years and have been greatly influenced by the bold colours and shapes of the late Yukon artist Ted Harrison. I spent the last fifteen years of my career teaching with the District school Board of Niagara.".
Artist Website ~ www.franciemcglynn.com