Francene Levinson, Digital Artist & Sculptor, Portland, Oregon, USA

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EWW: What is unique about your work and what would you say to people to help them understand your type of art?

Francene:  Digital art is unique because it uses the power of numbers to create abstract fine art with digital light. The computer allows me to employ complex painting programs which contain various menus and tools within them that contain a host of palettes and brushes to use on digital canvases. I am able to control every aspect of the creation of my art within the realm of the computer.  Once I have completed a painting, it is ready to be printed using high-quality archival paper and pigmented inks.

As an artist, I find everything about the power of computer algorithms within paint programs to be fascinating. There is no limit to the creation of fine art within those mathematical parameters. It is my belief that nature, architecture, and fine art have mathematical patterns in common. Mathematics is the key to understanding our physical world. Therefore, I use digital light to capture the beauty of dynamic colors, shapes, lines and the unique relationship of art, the natural world, and math.

Before focusing on digital painting, I always applied the mathematical principles of art to interpret architecture, sculpture, drawing, and painting. My digital design inspirations are drawn from the forms and forces that we all observe in nature. When I create a painting, I utilize complex digital algorithms from various computer paint programs to reveal similar elegant mathematical structures found within the natural world. It is artistically satisfying to control the powerful medium of digital light to express my unique visions via abstract design. The essence of shapes and forms is more beautiful to me than the replication of them. Dynamic line and movement have always been recurring themes in my work. Abstract digital painting is uniquely suited to allow me to incorporate these themes into my work.

The natural world offers an endless array of color, form, and line for my artistic interpretation. Color theory, as taught by my renowned Brooklyn College artist-instructor, Ad Rinehart, continues to influence my color choices within each painting. Digital painting allows me to express unique artistic visions that I would not be able to realize in any other medium.

 

EWW:  What would be other’s comments about your work, as a whole?

Francene: The most frequent comment made about my abstract digital art is “it is so organic”, “the lines have such great movement”, “the colors are powerful”, and “wow!”. “Wow” is heard often, and it lets me know my efforts have communicated my vision to my viewers.

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EWW:  What person, past or present, has been an inspiration to you and your Original Digital Parametric Painting?  Why?

Francene: I studied color theory with renowned artist instructor Ad Reinhardt at Brooklyn College, New York 1962 to 1969, for my BA and MA. His influence on my work is very strong. In the same way, I created acrylic paintings, I once again find great visual power in the differences in intensity, value and hue of colors that I use to compose my digital paintings.  Another great influence on my art is Philip Pearlstein. He also was a well-known artist instructor at Brooklyn College. He taught me the characteristics of shape, form and line, and explained that they may be used as dynamic forces when composing fine art in any genre in any medium.

 

EWW: What is unique about your work and what would you say to people to help them understand your type of art?

Francene:  Digital art is unique because it uses the power of numbers to create abstract fine art with digital light. The computer allows me to employ complex painting programs which contain various menus and tools within them that contain a host of palettes and brushes to use on digital canvases. I am able to control every aspect of the creation of my art within the realm of the computer.  Once I have completed a painting, it is ready to be printed using high-quality archival paper and pigmented inks.

As an artist, I find everything about the power of computer algorithms within paint programs to be fascinating. There is no limit to the creation of fine art within those mathematical parameters. It is my belief that nature, architecture, and fine art have mathematical patterns in common. Mathematics is the key to understanding our physical world. Therefore, I use digital light to capture the beauty of dynamic colors, shapes, lines and the unique relationship of art, the natural world, and math.

Before focusing on digital painting, I always applied the mathematical principles of art to interpret architecture, sculpture, drawing, and painting. My digital design inspirations are drawn from the forms and forces that we all observe in nature. When I create a painting, I utilize complex digital algorithms from various computer paint programs to reveal similar elegant mathematical structures found within the natural world. It is artistically satisfying to control the powerful medium of digital light to express my unique visions via abstract design. The essence of shapes and forms is more beautiful to me than the replication of them. Dynamic line and movement have always been recurring themes in my work. Abstract digital painting is uniquely suited to allow me to incorporate these themes into my work.

The natural world offers an endless array of color, form, and line for my artistic interpretation. Color theory, as taught by my renowned Brooklyn College artist-instructor, Ad Rinehart, continues to influence my color choices within each painting. Digital painting allows me to express unique artistic visions that I would not be able to realize in any other medium.

 

EWW:  What would be other’s comments about your work, as a whole?

Francene: The most frequent comment made about my abstract digital art is “it is so organic”, “the lines have such great movement”, “the colors are powerful”, and “wow!”. “Wow” is heard often, and it lets me know my efforts have communicated my vision to my viewers.

Click on an image to enlarge it.

 

EWW: Excluding subject matter, are there themes that consistently run from one work to the other such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?

Francene: The theme running most frequently through my work is the use of dynamic line to create a sense of movement. I feel that diagonals and curves really bring out a sense of movement and unify my compositions by moving the viewer’s eyes across the plane. I often repeat these artistic elements to enforce a sense of dynamics. Balance, both symmetrical and asymmetrical, is another common theme in my paintings. It is comforting to the mind to see elements in harmony. When I use a color it is often paired with its complement, analogous color, or darker values. I use it in this way to punctuate the visual field and create a sense of pattern and rhythm.

I feel that all these particular themes offer a feeling of visual excitement to me and to the viewer. My goal is to encourage my viewers to have longer involvement with the individual pieces of art and appreciate the result.
EWW:  What do you see, or have experienced, as the most effective way for you to market and promote you and your work?

Francene: I enter calls for art and show in local galleries. There is nothing as exciting as being physically near a work of art. My website and business cards allow a greater audience to access and view my work. Social media is a great feedback source.

 

EWW:  Do you use social media platforms to market and promote your work?  If you do, which social media platform seems to work the best for you?

Francene:  I think sharing my work on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook gets my work in front of a great number of people. The feedback from other artists and the general public is valuable. The web serves as an open invitation to individuals and galleries to see and understand what my art is all about.

 

EWW:  Just to wrap up this interview, do you have any final thoughts about you and your work that you think would be important for others to know about?

Francene:  I enjoyed sculpting in alabaster and modular paper for the greater part of my art career with great success. The same satisfaction of expressing dynamic lines and organic, abstract forms is now found in my exploration of digital painting. Digital art is an excellent fine art medium to express unique ideas that otherwise would not be realized.
Website: http://www.francenelevinsondigitalart.com

Email contact: info@francenelevinsondigitalart.com

Twitter: @franlevinson, Instagram: francenelevinson

Facebook: Francene Levinson, Francene Levinson Paper Sculpture, Francene Levinson Digital Art

 

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