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FRAN DI GIACOMO
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ABOUT FRAN DI GIACOMO:
“Art is my sanity and my soul. Perfecting the drama of light, shadow, and mystery has been a constant theme in my classical realism oil paintings. To test a painting for drama, I literally turn out the light. A painting must glow in the dark; then I know it’s finished.”
1970 was a pivotal year for Fran Di Giacomo (pronounced de-JOCK-o-mo); she found two passions–her husband and her art.
Fran’s first cancer was in l984. Since diagnosed again in l998, she had 12 surgeries, earned signature status in Oil Painters of America, produced solo art exhibits, and painted prestigious portraits--while on continuous chemo. (Whew!) Frequent requests for advice led her to write I’d Rather Do Chemo Than Clean Out the Garage: Choosing Laughter Over Tears. “We don’t need tears right now, we need backbone and laughter!” Fran is outrageously witty, slightly wicked, and packed with trench warfare wisdom. She gives serious tools for handling a life crisis, and a powerful message about laughter and passion.
In 1982, Di Giacomo made the next step in her life’s dream and picked up the brushes full-time. Today her portraiture is renowned, and her still life paintings are in great demand for their lush colors and dramatic lighting.
FRAN DI GIACOMO’S WORK:
Striving to establish her career in art, she found herself most excited by the methods and concepts of the Dutch masters. “I focused on seeking out living masters to study with. Perfecting the drama of light, shadow, and mystery has been a constant theme. Fad and fashion will ebb and flow, but classical realism is endless and enduring.”
To test a painting for the drama she seeks, Di Giacomo literally turns out the light. “In a client’s home the light from sun-up to bedtime is constantly changing. My paintings take on a different personality with each lighting condition. But in every situation, the drama must there." In today’s fast-paced world, our senses are constantly assaulted by the noisy, the vulgar, the grotesque, the avant-garde. When you behold a Di Giacomo painting, you return to the world of quiet elegance.
Fran Di Giacomo has been published in books, magazines, and newspapers, as well as Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who of American Women.
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