Bruce Fransen: Creating Visual Rhythm

BY CATHERINE BALDAU

 

Bruce Fransen has discovered a way to marry two diverse disciplines into a unique art form. An arborist for nearly four decades, Fransen understands the characteristics of tree species, their properties and behavior, and most importantly, he knows how to find the aesthetic treasures buried deep inside their grain. As a professional musician (playing woodwinds, coincidentally—saxophone, flute and clarinet), he is conscious of pattern, improvisation and resolution. His experience in both fields converges in Bruce Fransen Creations: exquisite wood vessels and sculptures that have what he likes to call a “visual rhythm.”

 

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