Traditional Pavement Artist
Raised in Flint, Michigan, Roni François developed her love of art while perusing the Flint Institute of Arts’ galleries and art books at the nearby library. Her initial plunge into self-expression was working in oils, then she moved into acrylics and pastels for several years. Roni married and relocated to South Florida where she exhibited her work in shows in Lake Worth and West Palm Beach. While her two children were young, Roni switched to the three-dimensional arts including costume design, pine needle basketry and soft sculpture. After short stints of work in colored pencil, fabric art, pastel and acrylics; watercolor has become the main focus of her artwork. Now living in Brooksville, Florida, the largely self-taught artist delves into such varied subjects as wildlife, portraiture, still-life, florals, landscapes and seascapes. Roni is also trying her hand at sidewalk chalk art and has participated in the may festivals including the Sarasota Chalk Festival (2009 and 2010). Everywhere she looks her enthusiasm and imagination grab onto new subject matter and media to explore.