Fracesca Droll pastel painting of Glacier National Park

FRANCESCA DROLL, fine artist

As a person who has spent much of her free time enjoying the outdoors, the landscape of a place speaks volumes to me. There I experience serenity, comfort, and balance, while my spirit is refreshed and my energy renewed. As a painter, I strive to capture these same emotions and energy in my pastel landscapes.

I’m fortunate to be able to combine my two passions of being outdoors and painting the natural beauty that surrounds me. I brave the elements to study the environment and the nuances of color as the view unfolds before me through changing light conditions, the movement of the sun, the wind as it bends the trees, and the clouds as they sail by.

My chosen medium of pastel lends itself well to creating an atmospheric quality to landscapes. I enjoy using the vibrant colors of the pigments, in subtle nuances and bold strokes, to convey movement as the light plays across the scene.

My artistic endeavor is to capture the feeling of a borrowed moment in time and to spark an emotion in the viewer that might remind them of a place from some treasured memory or perhaps that other greener pasture that is still waiting to be discovered.

Living in Bigfork, Montana, with Glacier National Park in our backyard gives me daily inspiration. Just driving to town is a wilderness experience. In the valleys, the picturesque farms are the prominent landscape with a backdrop of mountains on all sides. One feels truly grateful to paint such beauty.

I also continue to work as a graphic designer. Along with my husband, John R. Webster, we have run Abacus Graphics, LLC for over 30 years.