“If it was easy everyone would do it!”
Captivated by creative work from a young age, Fran Halpin never let adversity get in her way as she carved a career for herself against all odds.
Growing up in Tallaght, the painter had her heart set on spending life tucked away in a studio brushing endless images onto canvas for as long as she can remember, “I only ever wanted to be an artist. It always seemed like a dream but it never occurred to me to even try and get a job in an office or anywhere else.”
Focusing her inspiration on the connection between nature and family, she wants her creative work to tell a story of how both concepts brings us back to childhood memories – “by inviting the viewer to step away from their busy lives and experience a moment of calm.”
By passing obstacles and roadblocks as a teenager and young adult, Fran finally caught a glimpse of her dream artist’s life, when she opened the doors to her very first solo exhibition in 2018. She remembers, “I finally found the courage to paint for myself when I decided to throw away the rulebook and paint what I love.” Having gone straight from college to self-employment, the tenacious painter had had enough of creating for other people and realised she had the talent to make it on her own.
Since that showing two years ago, Fran has made her mark on the art world and has been asked to take part in the Gstaad exhibition exposing gender inequality in the industry. Successfully running two businesses, it’s safe to say she has come quite a long way from the school art room where it all began. Splitting her time across her mural business and personal paintings, Fran says, “I feel lucky that I get to paint anything I like and I actually get to make a living from this. It never ceases to amaze me.”
Not one to slow down, the Irish artist is looking toward the future with her next project is the release of her collection on the marketplace. An inspiration to budding creatives everywhere, Fran quotes her mother when leaving us with her biggest piece of advice, “If it was easy everyone would do it!”