“Art is my sanity and my soul. Perfecting the drama of light, shadow, and mystery has been a constant theme in my classical realism oil paintings. To test a painting for drama, I literally turn out the light. A painting must glow in the dark; then I know it’s finished”.

Fran Di Giacomo has been published in books, magazines, and newspapers, as well as Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who of American Women.

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Fran’s first cancer was in l984. Since diagnosed again in l998, she had 12 surgeries, earned signature status in Oil Painters of America, produced solo art exhibits, and painted prestigious portraits--while on continuous chemo. (Whew!) Frequent requests for advice led her to write I’d Rather Do Chemo Than Clean Out the Garage: Choosing Laughter Over Tears. “We don’t need tears right now, we need backbone and laughter!” Fran is outrageously witty, slightly wicked, and packed with trench warfare wisdom. She gives serious tools for handling a life crisis, and a powerful message about laughter and passion.

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     2004 "Best New Voice"  Benjamin Franklin Awards

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