Bunny—Bard and Talismanic Artist
parents’ immersion in folk culture influenced everything
from her spirituality to her food choices to her art. And made
her think those three things are part and parcel. But then, she has
a hard time differentiating any two things from each other, because
see them on an atomic level with her otherworldy eyes, they all look
to her. :-)
Outlaw Bunny (AKA Francesca De
Grandis) started playing folk
music in Boston
clubs at age fourteen. She is basically a self-taught artist. She is
for the few classes she managed to take, which were mostly as a teen:
includes a silversmithing course; a few calligraphy tips from mom that
get her started lettering; and a summer class or two at Boston’s
School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
She’s toured the U.S.
performing and leading
hands-on folk culture workshops. When Multiple Sclerosis made holding a
too difficult, she took up mandolin. Her focus also shifted to painting
She recycles what’s
on hand to create wearable art and home
decor. Hoping to mirror a bit of nature’s whimsy and wondrousness, she
designs her art by imagining what a Faerie would wear and where they
live. This is not hard for her, since she is a
The shift to
beading and painting does more than give her
something she can physically manage despite disabilities. Creating
art is a way to serve community despite being housebound from illness.
says, “Service keeps me whole. I may be stuck in my home, but my spirit
through my art. It makes me feel connected to
She recently discovered she can
draw and paint. Apparently,
everyone else already knew it. Her response to that is "Huh?” In any
she’d only just come to realize her abstract drawing was okay. But to
be able to draw literal things like a face is freaky to her.
She is still at the
point where she is impressed by anything
she draws. "Oh, that kinda looks like a face, hey, I can draw something
that kinda looks like a face!"
Her visual art has
appeared at www.jacquardproducts.com, and
she is a www.dharmatrading.com’s featured silk artist.
After leaving the
music business for a contemplative life as
a shaman, she discovered that music was part of her spirituality.
She authored various books based on her years of teaching Celtic
and interfaith experiential-mysticism.
She has also taught
creative process to newbies and pros in
a variety of artistic fields, for over two decades. She gives the
needed to help anyone realize they are an artist, because she
penchant is innate in all of us, and emerges given the right support.
A friend told her, “You
prove it IS possible to make a silk
purse out of a sow’s ear!" Outlaw Bunny is a Faerie rabbit who
“Art is like life: Its value is not in its mundane ingredients but in
create with them. So my choice of materials ranges from the grand to
not-so-grand, because I use what’s on hand. I want to find the beauty
already is, coax it out, reveal it, adorn the ordinary so we can see it
ordinary at all.”
"As a professional illustrator and artist,
enjoy Francesca's artwork and find it to be original and inspired by
natural world. Her whimsical, bright style is a breath of fresh air for
world of fantasy and fairy art. The wild yet harmonious color palette
subject matter speak to an enchanted world of fantastical creatures,
outside our windows, on the edge of our own existence, where spiritual
understanding through the artistic muse is accessible. Francesca’s art
this essence and brings it to the mundane world for our enjoyment." - -
Roberto Campus, professional illustrator, seen in Marvel, DC, Dark
Arts, Penguin Books, Hulk, Dungeon Magazine, GamePro.
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was updated 5/2//2012