Fran Heath

Fran’s bright artwork will be splashed across issue five of Eye Flash soon, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Until then, read our interview with Fran to find out all about her work!

How would you describe your work?

My abstract paintings and digital art prints are created using block colours and geometric shapes. I also make surreal dioramas (Dire-Ramas) out of objects found in boot sales and charity shops, and I’m the author of three books. 

How and when did you start creating art?

I’ve only been painting for less than 2 years. I just felt like giving it a go!

How has your work evolved over time?

When I began painting, I had very little idea of what materials to use. After lots of trial and error, I’ve discovered I prefer to use small canvas boards and opaque water-based paints. My subject matter hasn’t changed though and I can’t see me moving away from geometric abstraction to something like landscapes. 

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

I’ve written and published a children’s picture book, a coming-of-age novel, and a book of my illustrated dreams. My paintings and Dire-Ramas have featured in five exhibitions so far. 

What are you looking forward to in the near future?

I’m working on my second novel, putting together a new Dire-Rama for an exhibition in November, and creating some abstract pictures for the upcycling company Wyatt and Jack using offcuts of bouncy castle material. 

What are your biggest influences?

I’m influenced by surrealism, mid-century design, shapes, and colour.

Where can we see more of your work?

I have a website – www.franheath.com – and an Etsy shop – www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DireRama.

You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @franheathwriter

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