Frankie’s art runs around themes of fighting against consumerism and hedonistic instincts. Birds became a large part of her art as an idea of freedom. The freedom of flight and also their simplicity of life. The themes in her work are put into action in a biographical sense, evoked by personal experiences and thoughts throughout her life.
Frankie also paints murals. Her biggest mural project was in Japan on the Yuki Park Zoo. She is currently in the process of developing a mural with the Little River school tamariki for the Little River tennis courts.
The penguin is titled ‘Gateway to the Peninsula’, incorporating the native birds and fauna from around the area.
Frankie Bakker was selected to do the Little River penguin by winning a competition run by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust. The trust put an expression of interest to the vibrant community out in Banks Peninsula under the theme ‘Gateway to the Peninsula’. Many submissions were entered, but Frankie’s design was selected for the final penguin design.