Yvette M. Franco
I am a maker / illustrator from Ventura, California. After years of trying different mediums, I’m the most creative when using a variety of materials in my process. I use acrylics, watercolors, papers, inks, charcoals, pastels, small hardware, wood, glass and pretty much anything else I find interesting! One of my favorite materials to use is reclaimed scrap wood. In 2013 I created the first of many more to come, Rescued Robots ©, wooden sculptures made with recycled/repurposed materials.
I typically do not create a piece of art about one specific subject. The materials in front of me often inspire my subject matter. Other times I am influenced by nature, animals, music, movies, people, or just everyday life. Much of my work is abstract, colorful, and tends to range from watercolor painting to building robot sculptures. In 2020 during Covid19 quarantine, I was very influenced by world events. I completed a sketchbook, called “Remember to Wash Your Hands”, for The Brooklyn Art Library, “The Sketchbook Project”.
My love of art started at a young age. I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t doing something creative, but in a very private way. My art was something I shared with only a few family members and friends. In 2007, at 37 years of age, I first showed my work in public. That year I won the Ventura Award of Excellence, first place, mixed media category, at Ventura College. After that, I haven’t stopped! I have shown my work at events in conjunction with The Atrium Gallery, The Museum of Ventura County, the Red Brick Gallery, and Stone Works Studios and Gallery. I am a longtime, continuing participant in Artwalk Ventura. In 2016, I started showing my work with VC Art Market. I am a proud “day one” member, we are an outdoor urban art gallery with a show put on once a month in downtown Ventura. In Summer of 2021, Bird Dog Arts California started representing my art.