I grew up in a small coastal town, but my heart is in the rolling hayfields and cow pastures of rural America. I now live in the country with my family, our dogs, and a myriad of ongoing projects. I have a degree in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design and years of hands-on experience with various media and techniques.
I am a self-taught painter, sometimes writer, and developing sculptor. My interests and projects tend toward fine art, but I am learning to love the primitive and folk art scene that is predominant where I live.
I love baking, gardening and sewing, and sometimes make jewelry. I am a member of my local Arts Council and make an annual donation of artwork to the Family Outdoor Expo. This event raises awareness about the human trafficking industry, helps raise money to aid victims, and promotes community outreach and involvement. You can see the art and learn more on my Facebook page for Libertas Americana.
Frances Byrd is the National Director of Liberatchik.com and a contributing writer at Western Free Press and FreedomWorks. Her art can be viewed at MachinePolitick.com and LibertasAmericana. She has written for the Big Dawg Music Radio Blog and Breitbart’s Big Hollywood. She is currently represented by the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, Georgia.
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*Help restore America’s culture. This is a goal I am working on with co-founder and friend, Christopher Cook, at Liberatchik. We are networking and showcasing all independent, liberty-minded artists who are interested in creating beautiful and meaningful works of art. The ultimate goal of this project is to promote Liberty and limited government, while simultaneously repairing the culture of America. I have written a Manifesto and Handbook for your use and distribution which can be viewed here. For more information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Works include Fine Art, Folk Art, Primitives, Painted Furniture, Hand-Printed Cards and Fine Art Prints. Work by local and regional artists as well as members of Liberatchik is displayed on a rotating basis.
**Gallery Representation at The Quinlan Visual Arts Center – 2015 – Present
**Political Art from an Objectivist and Libertarian Perspective
Research: 2001 – Present
Political Art: 2004 – Present
Political Blog – 2007 – Present
**Machinepolitick.com: Art For Liberty, Political Art and Commentary
Summer 2006 – Present
**National Director – Liberatchik.com May, 2011 – Present
**Senior Editor – Liberatchik January 2010 – May 2011
**Director of Special Projects – Modern Conservative December 2008 – January 2010
**Liberatchik Public Launch Date May 26, 2009; Home of the Declartionist Art Movement, a joint effort between ModernConservative.com and MachinePolitick.com
**Frances is currently a member of the Jackson County Arts Council and the planning committee for the Folk to Fine Arts Festival and Expo.
Restoring Love Rally Dallas, Texas July 2012
Donation: Three part painting measuring 3.5′ x 7′ to the Mercury One charity organization for fund raising
* 3rd Annual Travis Layfield Golf Tournament May 2012 – NORTHERN CA AMERICAN GOLD STAR MOTHERS
Donation: The Hand of Liberty Gallery Print
* Auction to benefit The Atlanta Urban Debate League – April 29, 2011
Donation: My painting, Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death was purchased by Rudy Guiliani at this event.
* On Stage Participant at Tea Party Patriots Rally, Atlanta Capitol
November 2, 2009
Donation of framed drawing for fund raising purposes.
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** Cover Illustration for The Light of Day
Novel by James Byrd
Available in print and on Kendall at Amazon.com, September 2009
* Art That Makes You Think: The Aesthetics of Politics and Philosophy (Solo Show)
Cosponsored by Apache Café and MachinePolitick.com
September 1st – October 3rd, 2008
* Patriotic ponies to encourage gratitude
About the writer
Cody Francis is a Tribune-Review staff writer and can be reached at 724-830-6293 or via e-mail.
By Cody Francis
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Some animals on a Westmoreland County farm will trade in their summer coats for a coat of paint.
Whispering Winds Farm in East Huntingdon is hosting a “Patriot Pony Workshop” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Artist Frances Byrd of Georgia will use the farm’s horses as a canvas to create a “living manifestation” of one of her original pieces of patriotic artwork “that spreads a message of liberty and freedom,” said Claire LeJeune Kemp, owner of Whispering Winds. Byrd will use nontoxic materials.
Although everyone is invited, Kemp said the event will focus on military veterans and their families.
Attendees will be invited to paint on the horses after Byrd’s exhibit.
Kemp, whose husband, brother and two brothers-in-law have served in the military, said she feels events such as the Patriot Pony Workshop are a small way of giving back.
“I feel like we all owe (the military) a debt of gratitude,” she said. “These children have their mom deployed, their dad deployed or sometimes even both at the same time. They go through a lot.”
For the past five years, Kemp has used her horses as part of a therapy program for autistic children, mentally handicapped adults and others in need.
The equines have even been used for a group of salespeople who wanted to work on their personal skills.
Kemp calls the horses “teachers” and said working with them, whether it be painting them or riding them, is good for anyone who has been through difficult times.
“When children (gain trust of the horses), they feel so good that that big giant thing shows them attention,” Kemp said. “They really feel like the horses love them. It’s incredible.”
Whispering Winds has partnered with Horses4Heroes, a nonprofit horseback riding program for the families of “community heroes.”
Sydney Knott, founder of Las Vegas-based Horses4Heroes, said her organization not only serves military families, but also families of firefighters, police officers, coal miners or anyone who has a “tough job.”
“It’s for people who every day go to work knowing there’s a chance they may not come home,” Knott said.
Knott said Kemp’s program is just the type her company looks to sponsor.
“What she does is use her horses in special ways,” Knott said of Kemp’s work. “It’s called an unmounted act. A lot of people love horses but are scared to get on them. This is a good way to introduce people to horses.”
A membership to Horses4Heroes requires a one-time $25 fee for a family.
“There’s a lot of really neat things out there in our country that deal with horses,” Knott said. “Most people love horses but just assume they are too expensive. If a military family has four kids, for everyone in the family to be able to ride horses is big for them. Even a trip to McDonalds can be expensive with four kids. As we grow, we want to offer our members a lot of options of horseback riding opportunities that are safe and affordable.”
* An equine partnership at Whispering Winds Farm
Claire LeJeune Kemp likes many things about the Rocky Mountain horses that she raises at Whispering Winds Farm in East Huntingdon.
“They are people-pleasers, very affectionate, gentle and they love attention,” she said.
Those are valuable traits for horses that are partnered with people in a program in which the horses are the instructors in teaching respect, trust and cooperation. “They are fabulous teachers,” Mrs. Kemp said.
Something that the horses taught her, she added, is how important it is to do what she’s doing.
Mrs. Kemp, a certified equine specialist, founded the nonprofit Angels in Horsehairs and its workshops, Fulfilling Connections, for at-risk children and youth and for individuals with cognitive, behavioral and physical challenges.
She also is partnered with Horses4Heroes, a group based in Las Vegas that runs programs for families of those in the military, law enforcement, firefighting, emergency response and other dangerous jobs.
Mrs. Kemp recently held an open house to introduce a related program, The Patriot Pony Project.
Political artist Frances Byrd of Georgia, founder of Art For Liberty, kicked off the new project by painting red, white and blue stars and stripes on Mrs. Kemp’s horse, Honey.
“It was a community event that supported our military and their families,” Mrs. Kemp said, “and Frances wants to promote liberty and freedom and to thank our veterans and military.”
The two women met in Washington, D.C., in the fall and realized they had common goals.
“The main issue for me is art,” Mrs. Byrd said during her visit to Whispering Winds. “I started out doing political art and found out that people needed something uplifting and inspirational to keep their spirits up. I want to encourage people to be grateful.”
So she focused on American symbols such as stars and stripes and the Statue of Liberty, which she will paint on Mrs. Kemp’s barn in the fall. It will be the first in her plans to paint the Statue of Liberty on barns across the United States.
The Patriot Pony Project was Mrs. Byrd’s first performance art. After she decorated Honey with nontoxic paint, guests were invited to put their own designs on two other horses.
Since then, Mrs. Kemp has presented the workshop, including lessons in American history, to 4-H Clubs in Westmoreland and Fayette counties.
Mrs. Kemp has six Rocky Mountain horses, a breed that at one time was endangered.
They are believed to have originated in the late 1800s in Kentucky, and one story claims that the strong, gentle horses got their name from their stamina in the rocky terrain of the Appalachian Mountains.
Another links the Kentucky lineage to descendants of Spanish mustangs that roamed the Rocky Mountains.
The breed is recognized for its smooth four-beat gait and for being versatile for riding or pulling plows and wagons. They have been compared with golden retrievers for their affection for humans, and that bond makes them well-suited for Mrs. Kemp’s work.
The equine workshops are not riding programs. Rather, participants form a partnership with a horse to solve problems in a safe, trusting environment with a goal of self-discovery.
“Once people get to know a horse and build a relationship with it, they can transfer that over to life in many aspects, usually developmental assets, and character and social skills,” Mrs. Kemp said.
“The Patriot Pony Project combines history lessons, but it’s not intended to replace traditional schools. It’s an alternative to reengage students’ interest.”
Fulfilling Connections is starting a program with Comprehensive Holistic Assessment Rehabilitation Therapy and Education in Squirrel Hill, which serves developmentally delayed individuals. CEO Howard Dobrushin, a licensed professional counselor, brought several clients to the first Patriot Pony Project.
“It will be part of our wellness program where they can work on trust, self-confidence and image,” he said.
Mrs. Kemp has always loved horses. As a child, she asked for one every Christmas — an impractical wish for a child who lived in a “tiny” home in Brentwood, she said. So she rode at stables when she was older, and eight years ago, when she was 50, she finally got her own horses.
“I had no idea of the power of a horse and the relationship you can have with them,” she said. “Every day, they teach me something new, whether it’s about myself or something else. They are excellent messengers.”
They are also, she added, a connection in a culture that she believes has “lost touch with a sense of relationship and communication.”
* This Time Bomb is Poli-ticking
Interview with Gary Dale Cearley, American ex-patriot author living in Thailand
September 1, 2008
* Liberatchik: Declartionist Art for Conservatives and Libertarians
Article by Brandon Martin at Daily Uprising
June 5, 2009
* My Favorite Drawing – Liberty
Blog post by Gary Dale Cearley
* Frances Byrd. Political Artist, Blogger, and Jeweler. Atlanta, Georgia.
The Patriot Pony Project 6.12.10 Whispering Winds Horse Farm
Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania
Politically speaking, (if you must label me) I am a Libertarian, which means I want the Government to do its job as laid out in the Constitution, and leave me alone to live my life. Whether you agree with me or not is irrelevant. The point of my work is to make you examine your opinions, and why you have them. I am less interested in converting people to my view than I am in making people consider why they hold their views and support their Representatives. My work is also an outlet for my displeasure with the political system in this country, especially the way the two major parties work together to keep themselves in power. The paintings are typically a representation of what I perceive as a problem. The description usually serves as the answer to the problem. Now that I have expanded my work to include patriotic and Liberty based themes, I am creating more positive representations and solutions.
Graduate of The Savannah College of Art and Design
Bachelor of Illustration, 1997