My work is a series of studies and reflections on how pattern emerges from random events, how random events form memory, and how the passage of time shapes a life. The work evokes the unknown or unknowable, and draws on the ordering principles of mathematics and science to contemplate how order, sequence and memory are created from random or chaotic events.
I paint on aluminum honeycomb panels and on steel – the material is an integral component in the creative process. Successive layers of acrylic paint are applied, sanded, heated, and then reapplied to create the depth of the surface. Some surfaces are etched and others are drilled. A final layer of wax and raw pigment pulls out the patina and richness of the layered colors.
Francie Hester has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. Her work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections including the World Bank, Freddie Mac, Capital One, KPMG and the International Monetary Fund. She has received honorary grants from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities and from the Arts Council of Montgomery County, Maryland. Hester’s commissioned works include a 1996 piece for the Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International and an 18-foot atrium piece for the Chicago Kent College of Law. In addition, she has created large-scale sculptural aluminum paintings for Airbus, ASHA, Booz Allen Hamilton and NEA, Member Benefits. She received her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Michigan.