Forward, Back, Forward, Back, Present by Graham Franciose

Forward, Back, Forward, Back, Present by Graham Franciose

Forward, Back, Forward, Back, Present
By Graham Franciose

Back Cover of Issue 122, February 2024


Forward, Back, Forward, Back, Present is a 7″ x 9″ Watercolor and gouache on tan Rives BFK cotton rag.



Graham Franciose grew up in the forests of Massachusetts. His work reaches back to those times of exploration and imagination, where anything was possible. His whimsical, sometimes emotional, illustrations show a sliver of a story, a moment between the action, leaving the exact circumstances and narrative up to the viewer. There is sense of familiarity and honesty within his characters and scenes, as well as a sense of mystery and wonder.

Graham received his BFA in Illustration from the Hartford Art School in ’05.  He originally wanted to pursue Children’s Book Illustration as a career, but his personal work has taken center stage over the last few years. He currently lives and works as a professional artist and illustrator in Austin, TX.

See more of his work on his site and follow him on Instagram.


Check out Graham’s last Birdy install, Held At Bay, or head to our Explore section to see more of his work.