Rosehips Folk Art Gallery
Est. 1984 - Barbara C. Brogdon Prop.
Phone 706.878.8100

Elayne Franks Goodman


Goodman has done 3-dimensional art since she was a child. The genesis of her art style comes from her childhood in rural Mississippi. In the depression era she had limited materials and time and therefore learned to waste neither. As a teenager, having not seen art like her own, Elayne thought it unacceptable in the art world. Elayne married, had two sons, and a career as a surgical nurse. She is self-taught but in her 40's worked part-time for a degree and graduated at age 49 with a BFA. The art faculty at MUW convinced her that her style had merit and encouraged her to show her work. Her work is characterized by exceptionally high content and color. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. Some motifs are recurring, such as Elvis, Bible stories, and fish. She selects used materials and attempts to give them new life by forcing the viewer to see them in a new context. Other than paint, glue, screws, etc., all materials are recycled. She and her husband comb flea markets, garage sales and auctions for materials. Goodman regards everything as potential art material. Friends and family contribute as well. The starting point of a piece is usually a particular object Elayne wants to use. She allows the object to suggest a theme and begins with no concrete plan for the final design. A work may take two days or two years. She frequently allows a stalled piece to wait months for just the right material to finish it. "The most difficult part is finding a stopping place. I say that I stop when God tells me to. My critics say God is often too slow in speaking to me", says the unassuming Goodman. Goodman has been exhibited widely and won numerous awards. Her work is in galleries throughout the southeast.