Francesca began sculpting in the 1990’s when she discovered she loved working in clay and sculpting figures from life. Her love of sculpting along with its many challenges when creating a realistic sculpture has evolved into a second path in life after spending many years working in the area of administration for patent law firms. She has studied at The Art League School in Alexandria taking classes and workshops with various instructors, including with Charles Johnson. She has also taken sculpture workshops with Paul Lucchesi at The Art League School and in Italy.
The human figure is fascinating, with the nuances of the figures both male and female speaking out to define their many individual characteristics in three dimension. In producing a sculpture, Francesca looks to capture the inner being and character of the model which she hopes is reflected in her final piece. The challenge of capturing the nuances of a figure is most satisfying.
Sculpting mainly in clay, the finished pieces are dried and then fired in a kiln. The fired piece is referred to as “terra cotta” or “fired clay”. Thereafter a patina is applied to the fired piece to finish the sculpture, and the sculpture is then attached to a finished wooden base. Several of her works have been cast in bronze. Casting in bronze is both expensive and a time-consuming process which includes preparing a mold, processing the figure in wax, and then using the “lost wax” process of casting a bronze.