Augusta Handmade Fair

Our Spring Event is on May 4th from 12-4pm.

ARTALICIOUS ARTWORK

Local art

francie klopotic

Meet The Artist

WHO ARE YOU, WHERE ARE YOU FROM, & WHAT DO YOU DO?
I was born and raised in East Atlanta Village and moved to Augusta with a job promotion in 2007. I am a self-taught portrait artist who works with acrylics, graphite, colored pencil, oils, and oil pastels. My passion is in creating brightly colored portraiture and artwork influenced by my love of the Pop Art movement.

DESCRIBE YOUR PROCESS.
My bold and brightly colored work is part illustration and part fine art, pulling elements inspired by the Pop Art movement. I have synesthesia and listen to music while I paint. Sounds are perceived in color and shape. My art reflects this crazy neural condition.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I am inspired by humankind. People are beautiful creatures, and in my work I aim to bring out the beauty I see in the faces I draw and paint. I’m also inspired by the work of Peter Max, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, and Alex Katz.

FUN FACT ABOUT YOU.
I have synesthesia and see colors in numbers and see and feel shapes/temperature/colors in music. In addition to this, I am a novelist.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT DOWNTOWN AUGUSTA.
Art on Broad. This art gallery is a welcoming space filled with magical things. The owners are huge supporters of local artists, too.

WHY DO YOU LOVE TO DESIGN, CREATE + MAKE?
I’m obsessed with portraiture. Painting gives me a chance to slow down and meditate. The act of making art is as essential to me as breathing, and nothing gives me as much joy and fulfillment as completing a piece of art.

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD SHARE WITH OTHER ARTISTS + MAKERS?

No matter how you feel about what you make, keep making. Start getting your work out into the world when your soul tells you to. I like this quote by Andy Warhol: “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

I am a passionate advocate for artists and particularly enjoy coaching new artists.