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Artist and prospector, Fran Jenkins has turned her deep love for stone and wildlife into more than 30 years of creating wildlife out of rugged pieces of rock, which to the ordinary eye appears cold and lifeless.
Her works exhibit an instinctive ability to capture the strength and fluidity of movement that is the very essence of the animal's being. She matches the rhythm of the stone with the movement of the subject to create natural proportion and balance.
Fran Jenkins' work has influenced many Canadian sculptors. One of her ongoing pleasures in her life is to observe the development of her daughter Cathryn's talent and distinctive style. Since the early 90's, mother and daughter have shared several exhibitions in Western Canada and United States.
The stone selected for Fran’s works is hand quarried in British Columbia. Marble, alabaster, serpentine and soapstone have individual qualities unveiled by hammer and chisel, diamond blades, rasps, files and the artist’s eye to reveal flowing agility, powerful line and lustrous natural surface. The work is to be touched. Its tactile appeal becomes a part of the living area for which it is created. Her sculpture becomes an integral part of it’s space; a familiar presence to which an understanding and relationship soon develops.
A deposit of this very unusual stone in central British Columbia provides an excellent medium for sculpting. Millions of years ago deep in the earth, a mass of peridotite metamorphasized into black and blue-grey serpentine with a very high content of iron-carbonate. Hot fluids invaded the iron-carbonate serpentine partially altering it to a golden brown iron rich marble - anchorite with chlorite and talc as the main accessory minerals. Some of the serpentine was left unchanged. All of this resulted in stone of black, blue-grey, gold and splashes of green; sometimes all in the same piece.