As an animal lover and pastel artist, I am always drawn to artists who are also inspired by their animals, especially chickens. The first of Frankie’s pictures to catch my eye were a series of chicken’s bottoms! Up until then I thought I was the only person who could be as impressed by a hen’s bottom as they are by a cock’s comb. I thought to myself, this is a lady who loves her hens!
Frankie Cranfield lives in the Caldbeck Fells in Cumbria with her dogs, horses, guinea fowl and chickens. She is an accomplished oil, pastel and watercolour artist with a strong distinctive style. Her early paintings of Corfu have attracted the attention of organisations such as IKEA, who have produced a large number of her posters which have sold worldwide. The seasoned travellers amongst you may have seen some of her Mediterranean themed posters in Hilton hotels and at Gatwick Airport.
Frankie now specialises in painting her hens and other fowl in oils, and has produced a line of prints and beautiful greetings cards, as well as hand painted ceramics. Here are a few of my favourites, but if you would like to see more of Frankie’s work, visit her website or email her.