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By artist and writer: Violet Huntley-Franck

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words,
but a Painting is Worth a Million.

It begins in my heart - this expression of who and what I am, an artist, a lover of this beautiful earth and all beings living upon it. We have long been in dire trouble for oh so many reasons and I wanted to help, so I began by writing books/novels.

Deep within, I knew there was something more I was born to do.  Awareness came in 2001 when I discovered that art was missing from my life.  A wonderful art teacher, Jerry Yarnell, helped me remember the dream of my childhood - to become a painter of fine art.  I watched his shows on Oregon Public Broadcasting and learned to paint.  The following two years I entered work in local art shows.  In the summer of 2004 I had my own exhibition.

My husband, Phil, dear man that he is, was inspired to find a way to display and sell my artwork from home.  The idea sprouted into our website, Where Art Meets the Heart, my online art gallery.  Phil is creator and caretaker of our eclectic site.  It is a place of the soul, a place where the visions that appear to me are transposed onto canvas and made available for sale and viewing enjoyment.

It is my dream for people everywhere to find their own inner visions and show them forth.  As this happens, this planet will transform into a place of peace.  I only hope to be an inspiration.

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In Memory of Chester - Keeper of the Flock

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All paintings are in acrylic

New paintings:

Select a Painting Catagory,
then click on a thumbnail to see each painting and its details.

Link to banner: Animals - Birds, Pets, Wildlife Link to banner: landscapes Link to banner: native american Link to banner: portraits
Link to banner: unusual moments in time Link to banner: seascapes Link to banner: Spiritual

Classication of paintings

Sometimes it's hard for me to be objective about my work, what classification it fits into, especially since I have never taken art theory or any such training.  I paint what I like, what the muse brings . . . that which touches me.  Sometimes I paint a subject to gain the skills it can bring me.  Even so, I put my soul into each work - how could I do otherwise?  I did not become aware of the correct classification of my paintings until a site we linked to listed my works as Expressionistic.  I had to look it up.  Apparently expressionism came into vogue during the early part of the 20th century.  It emphasizes subjective expression of the artist's inner experiences.  This is true for me in my art as well as my writing.


painting category: Animals - birds, pets, wildlife

There is a purity in the animal kingdom. In computer terms it's called WYSIWYG - what you see is what you get. It's one of the reasons I love animals. They are who they are. Programmed by genetics and that which is passed down one generation to the next, they are life without malice, without conniving. I also see them as beings with consciousness. While some say it is anthropomorphic to think my cat loves me, I do not. To me they are beings like us, only better. We, humans, like to think we are above the animal kingdom. I disagree. There is much we can learn from them and their acceptance of what is. When I paint animals I try to capture the looks - the consciousness in their eyes. I try to reflect the soul within. I strive to honor and respect them.

Link to original painting of Missie the menopausal raccoon, realism wildlife, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Missie

link to painting Northern Rights, a wildlife portrait by artist Violet Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Northern Rights

A portrait of the unusual, the surprises in life, by artist and writer Violet May Huntley-Franck
Nestling

A wildlife portrait of nature - a Spotted Owl -  at the art gallery of Where Art Meets the Heart
A Bird in the
Hand
link to original art for Wolves of Teton Gulch, a wildlife landscape, by Violet Hunley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Wolves
of Teton Gulch
Link to original painting of a Bull Elk, realism wildlife, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Summer in
Elk Country
Link to original painting of Apple Bandits, realism wildlife, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Apple Bandits

Link to original painting of Avion Odyssey, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Avion Odyssey

Link to original painting of Spirit of the Night, realism wildlife, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Spirit of the Night

Link to original painting of Moose Country, realism wildlife, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Moose Country

Link to original painting of our friend Chester, realism wildlife, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Chester

Link to original painting of Hespeth's Decision, book cover art, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Hespeth's Decision
front cover
Link to original painting of Hespeth's Decision, book rear cover art, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Hespeth's Decision
rear cover
Link to original painting of Hespeth's Decision, book art 1, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Hespeth's Decision
story art 1
Link to original painting of Hespeth's Decision, book art 2, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Hespeth's Decision
story art 2
Link to original painting of Hespeth's Decision, book art 3, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Hespeth's Decision
story art 3
Link to original painting of Hespeth's Decision, book art 4, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Hespeth's Decision
story art 4
Link to original painting of Magellanic Flight, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Magellanic Flight

Link to original painting of Always, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Always

Link to original painting of Whence I Came, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Whence I Came

painting category: landscapes

Raised in a rural setting I grew up in the trees.  I swam in a salt water slough that ran past my parents' pastureland.  Though my parents didn't have much money, they provided all I needed to develop an appreciation for the natural beauty on this planet.  I am part of the land, the trees and all that is of the earth.  When painting landscapes I endeavor to capture the essence of the natural. I feel the energy.  To me there is no such thing as insignificant being, be it animal, plant, stone, the water we drink or the air that we breathe.

A landscape painting of a wooded scene with a stream flowing throughit
Remembering Summer

a landscape painting of the road less taken, the Path to Potential . . . by artist Vi Huntley-Franck
The Path

a landscape painting of Paradise Found, by artist Vi Huntley-Franck
Paradise Found

a landscape painting of a mountain paradise, by artist Vi Huntley-Franck
Mountain Paradise

A landscape painting of Grandma's house, with flowers and a rabbit in the yard
Grandma's House

A landscape painting of an old man fishing in a stream
Time Fishin'

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When I was nine-years-old I was asked if I was Native American.  It was the cheekbones that gave me away.  My dad thought we were.  It seemed our grandmother several generations back was named Gooselberry.  While my ancestry is largely northern European, I am a genetic mutt.  The idea of being Native American gave me great pride.  Later we learned that Gooselberry was an aunt by marriage, not a grandmother.  I was very disappointed.

Over the years I began exploring various cultures, including their spirituality.  I learned to value Native American spirituality, specifically the way they honored the land, the animals, all living beings, all things - the spirit world.  Once I came to believe in the possibility of reincarnation I accepted I might have been Native American during other lifetimes.

While learning to paint I became inspired by the images and beings I saw with my mind's eye.  Some of these beings appeared to be Native American.  I began to paint them.  If we are to survive as a species, if all other life is to survive, we must learn to respect all that is within, on and around the earth.  We must step up to the Native American way of honoring All-That-Is.

A Native American viewpoint of spirituality in nature, from the art gallery of artist Violet May Huntley-Franck
Bear Necessities

Link to fine art painting of Dear Heart, a portrait by artist Violet M. Huntley-Franck
Dear Heart

Book cover art for the novel Spirit of the Moss Woman, by writer and artist, Violet M.Huntley-Franck
Spirit

A spiritual Native American landscape of Crown Point, Oregon, from the art gallery of artist and writer Violet Huntley-Franck
Spirits of
Crown Point
A spiritual view of the Wizardry in Nature, an unusual portrait by artist Violet Huntley-Franck
Wizardry

Native American painting - return of a loved one, coming home, a portrait, by artist Violet Huntley-Franck
The Return

Book cover art, landscape, for the novel In Ways We Can't Imagine, by writer and artist Violet M.Huntley-Franck
In Ways
We Can't Imagine

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I am especially drawn to paint portraits - exact likeness.  At present I'm working on developing that skill.  I consider some of my animal paintings portraits as well, though I assign them to the animal category.  When I paint portraits I try to connect with who the individual is.  If that person is deceased, I reach out to their spirit, so I can incorporate that spirit into my painting.  I've painted three portraits in that manner: my friend Tosca, Otto and my sister Anita.  If I knew the person in life, painting their portrait helps me work through the loss.  I talk to them.  I hear their words.  It is an intimate experience.

Portrait of Aunt Lottie and Me, a reminiscence painting
Aunt Lottie
and Me
Link to painting Feeling Good, a spiritual portrait by V M Huntley-Franck, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Feeling Good

an artistic portrait of singer and song writer John Denver
John Denver

An artistic portrait of The Man in Black, Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash

link to fine art portrait of The Likeness, at the art gallery of Violet Huntley-Franck
The Likeness

Link to original painting That Was Then, a portrait, at Where Art Meets the Heart
That Was Then

link to original art Otto, a portrait, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Otto

link to original art My Sister Anita, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
My Sister Anita

link to original art of Feisty old women, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Feisty Old Women

link to original art portrait of nude, Au Naturel, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Au Naturel

link to original portrait art When Dad Was Young, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
When Dad Was Young

link to original portrait art, Echoes of 39, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Echoes of '39

link to original portrait art, Elizabeth Franck, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Elizabeth Franck

link to original portrait art, Mountain Bob, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Mountain Bob

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As we think of our lives, it is often not the events we recall or movies of events, but snapshots burned into our memory, photos that capture the essence of moments in time.  One of the functions of creativity is to show forth the most unusual of these moments, be they tangible or illusive.  The wise ones tell us that we are limited only by our imaginations.  Art accentuates this process.  For me, sometimes images come together to tell an unusual, perhaps intimate story of the world as I see it, or as I fancy it to be.

A landscape painting of comaraderie and spirituality between species, at the art gallery of Where Art Meets the Heart
Clem and
Mortimer
link to the fine art painting First Audience, a spiritual portrait at where art meets the heart
First Audience

A portrait in landscape of being Homeward Bound, by Artist and writer, Vi Huntley-Franck
Homeward

A Native American portrait of peace, harmony and friendship.  From the art gallery of Vi Huntley-Franck
Indian River

link to fine art painting Mom and Me, a landscape, at where art meets the heart
Mom and Me

link to original art for Nature's Gateway, a landscape, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Nature's
Gateway
a portrait of expressionism where the difference between stranger and friend is a moment of discovery
Hideaway

an expressionism portrait of the Crab Nebula in the constellation Taurus
Crab Nebula

an expressionism portrait of a portion of the Eagle Nebula in the constellation Serpens
Eagle Has Risen

link to fine art painting Gong Home, a moment in time, at where art meets the heart
Going Home

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I grew up on the West Coast of the U.S.  I loved to play at the beach, sculpt sand persons, explore the rocks, wade in tidal pools, feel the waves and sand slip between my toes.  I love the ocean.  My goal when painting it is to capture the beauty, the peace that it brings me, even on a stormy day.  Much of my life has been stormy.  I am now at one with the storm.

A seascape and portrait of dreams in Flight - inspired by the novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull - a painting by Violet Huntley-Franck
Flight

link to original art for Seeking Solitude, a wildlife seascape, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Seeking
Solitude
link to original art for Peaceful Horizon, a seascape, by Violet Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Peaceful
Horizon
link to original art for Incoming Storm, a seascape, by Violet Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Incoming
Storm
link to original painting for Beach Buddies, a seascape, by Violet Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Beach Buddies

A seascape and portrait of Peaceful Shores - a painting by Violet Huntley-Franck
Peaceful Shores

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There is a debate over whether or not we are spiritual beings having a physical experience or physical beings having a spiritual experience.  I believe in the former.  When we are young we identify with the body.  We look in the mirror and think we see ourselves.  What we see is the house.  The contents are hidden.  That which is hidden is our spirit.  That spirit/soul is the essence of who we are.

From within, from that soul, beauty and creativity are born.  My paintings, my writings originate there.  Sometimes my works are inspired by others.  Sometimes they are inspired by nature.  Most often it comes from my very soul - my spirit - that which I am.  Usually the inspirations are nebulous in origin.  Whatever the source, the creation comes through the spirit.  In essence all the paintings are spiritual.  For a painting to receive a spiritual designation, means it steps into a higher realm.  It touches on All-That-Is.  Some call that God.  Some call it the One.  There are many names for it - but it is one and the same.  It is origin, infinity, Zen.

The White Rose, an unusual painting of the artist's cosmic spiritual journey within
Strange Journey

A portrait of Earth - in the beginning - by Violet Huntley-Franck
Birth

An expressionistic portrait of spirituality
Caretaker

an expressionistic portrait of a creator's whim at the art gallery of Where Art Meets the Heart
Creator

link to Eagle's Point of View, a wildlife landscape, at Where Art Meets the Heart
Eagle's
Point of View
A mystical and unusual painting of life's true wisdom and direction, from the art gallery at Where Art meets the Heart
Emerging
Sentience
A portrait of the inner workings of imagination, from the art gallery of Where Art Meets the Heart, by Violet M. Huntley-Franck
Imagination

Expressionism, a lanscape portrait of discovery, by Violet Huntley-Franck
Mystic

Book cover art for the novel The Cat Did It, written by J Philip Franck, painted by V M Huntley-Franck
The Cat Did It

link to original expressionism art for Satori, a self-portrait of enlightenment, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Satori

link to original fine art for Twin Flame, book cover art for Time Enough To Love, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Twin Flame

link to original fine art for Final Journey, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Final Journey

link to original art Universal Sacrifice, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Universal Sacrifice

link to original art Omen, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
Omen

link to original art for The Pacifist's War, by Violet May Huntley-Franck at where art meets the heart
The Pacifist's War

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