PHOENIX HOME & GARDEN
Annual Dream Home Edition
Feature Article November 2014
WESTERN ART & ARCHITECTURE
"Things We Love"
JOAN CAWLEY GALLERY
BRIO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
OLPIN ART CENTER
ART TALK MAGAZINE
ARIZONA COLLECTORS GUIDE
RIVE GAUCHE GALLERY
CROWLEY WILKERSON FINE ART
WILKERSON FINE ART
ROGOWAY TURQUOISE TORTOISE GALLERY
RUI DOSA DOWNS GALLERY
Rui Dosa, NM
MARDON FROST GALLERY
LITCHFIELD PARK ART FESTIVAL
Litchfield Park, AZ
SPIRIT OF THE MOUNTAIN MONUMENT
Desert Mountain High School
GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE PORTRAIT
GA State Governors Reception
SONORAN ART LEAGUE - HIDDEN IN THE HILLS
ARIZONA FINE ART EXPO
RUFF FRANZA MONIZE STUDIO/GALLERY Scottsdale, AZ
LOVELAND COLORADO SCULPTURE SHOW
THUNDERBIRD ARTIST SHOW PAVILIONS
THUNDERBIRD FINE ART & WINE FESTIVAL Carefree,AZ
SCOTTSDALE ARTIST SCHOOL
RICHARD MACDONALD MASTER'S WORKSHOP
ATLANTA SCHOOL OF ART
RINGLING SCHOOL OF ART
Carol Ruff Franza was born in New Orleans, into a family rich with composers, artists, and writers. Her talent was apparent at a very young age. Carol spent her childhood riding horses in Tennessee, playing piano, performing in the Southern Ballet and falling in love with visual arts.
As she grew older she spent time at the Ringling School of Art, Atlanta School of Art, Loveland Academy, the Scottsdale Artists School and Richard MacDonald studio. Her education left an
impressive mark on her development as a fine artist. After spending time nesting and traveling she eventually settled down in the Valley of the Sun. Here Carol is blessed to witness magnificent wildlife, which often becomes a central theme of her compositionally sound artworks.
In 2005 Carol was selected to design a monument to mark the decade anniversary of Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Spirit of the Mountain is a symbol of students who are looking toward the future challenges in hopeful preparation just as the
beast is, whose eyes are set on the mountains of Scottsdale.
Carol Ruff Franza has been featured in many formats including Phoenix Home and Garden, Southwest Art Magazine, Western Art and Architecture, Art Talk Magazine, Arizona
Collectors Guide, and ABC news.
Her highly textured and strongly sensitive works are not limited by reality; they are fluid impressions of life. Believing that all creation is not from her but from the Creator allows
her to freely express impressions without becoming stagnantly photorealistic. Anatomical structure at times gives way to haptic distortion, which captures the essence of the subject. Motion, rhythm, and energy are all evident, as the art becomes the vessel that contains the spirit. Dreams and moments of walking in the rich Sonoran Desert provide a never-ending stream of abundant fuel. Ruff Franza’s artwork is diverse and constantly
evolving. Her portfolio contains animals, figures and creatures of her imagination.
Celebrated as one of the brightest voices in the Southwest art scene today, Carol Ruff Franza is extremely grateful to be internationally recognized and collected.
The composition below from the Canadian museum was created by Carol's paternal grandfather and great grandfather.
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CAROL RUFF FRANZA