I was an Inquisitive Child. How Francesca Ucci, the artist, was born!
I was an inquisitive child with a mischievous streak. My favourite toy was a kaleidoscope which changed patterns and colours as I looked into it and turned the cardboard tube.
My mother was from Italy and was always talking about the wonderful bright places in Italy as she grew up. She dressed me in bright primary colours – a red cardigan which she knitted me, a yellow skirt or blue trousers that she made.
She spoke to me of the lovely colours of dresses that Italians loved to wear, but oh so tastefully.
These influences were cemented in my mind on trips to Italy where I fell in love with the brightness all around me from the blue sea, to the yellow and red melons!
Once I had begun to understand my very nature, I began to leave dark paintings behind and moved forward with a brighter palette.
Francesca lives on the east coast of England. Her mother was from Northern Italy and her grandfather was from Southern Germany. Francesca is drawn to optimistic and joyful scenes often found in the Mediterranean - hence her bright, bold and visible style.