The artwork of Jess Franks is an exploration into things seen and unseen. Painting has freed her to create worlds much like our own, but in colors and abstractions that make them just a bit different. So many of the places she read about growing up ...Narnia, Middle Earth, etc... had just that: much of the familiar, but also much of the fantastic. In this artistic journey, her paint brushes have become her typewriter. She hopes her work encourages viewers to remember that the here and now is not all there is. And she hopes it transports people upward. That when they've been sucked into their groundedness, their earthliness, they can look at a piece and be reminded of transcendence.