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Artist Kenda Francis


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Biography


I was born and raised in East San Diego where I was fortunate to experience open spaces, wildlife as well as pets of many types. Responsibility for dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, birds and lambs sparked a respect and connection with nature and inspiring high school teachers encouraged an already growing interest in art and photography. My parents were endlessly supportive and I continued studying art and animals with a BA from SDSU in painting, printmaking and photography, an MA from CSU, Chico in painting, an AS in Zoology from College of the Redwoods in Eureka and two teaching credentials from National University. I have a full-time position as an art instructor in secondary education and in addition I offer adult art courses.
 
I love to travel with my husband and friends, toting heavy camera equipment to primal spaces like Africa, Costa Rica, and Brazil to experience wild beauty around the globe and gather my own reference images and experiences for my work. These travels have ultimately influenced my admiration for this varied planet and the amazing people, cultures, and spaces that are so imperative to our quality of life.
 
I am intensely driven to create art that asks my audience to face not only the supreme beauty of animals, but also the struggles they endure to survive today. I paint about animals that are killed as trophies, for their teeth, their horns, their coats, their tusks and even their fins. I hope my viewers are attracted to the “street art” style of my work while they learn about amazing, sometimes hardly known animals or plights, and consider their own connection with the non-human living world.
 
Spray paint, multiple layers of hand drawn and hand cut stencils, brush strokes, paint drips, pen and pencil marks all come together to [...]

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