SANDSFOOT WILLOW FLARE. Watercolour and site materials on handmade cotton rag paper. 43x16cm paper size. Feb 2021.

This work features in the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) 209th Exhibition at the Mall Galleries from Thursday 20 to Saturday 29 May, 11am to 4pm. Browse the exhibition online here.



VISUal artist

Direct work en plein air is central to Frances’ site-responsive practice. Her Dorset studio home-ground is fringed by sea. Imagery emerges out of a relationship between the stuff of place and all she brings to it. The works acknowledge the permanent impermanence in experience.

In this year of  ‘staying local’ I’ve been intimately aware of my place within the community of ‘other-than-human’ relationships. Settling down by the waters’ edge in anticipation of a moonrise is like turning up to resume a conversation that began way back before I was a child. 

Dorset Art Weeks 22 May- 6 JUNE 2021
See DORSET COAST for a taster of works in the studio 

OPEN STUDIOS: reserve your timed studio visit here: I’ll be open by appointment every day. Your visit can be safely managed as regulations allow.




The link will go live every morning here and on Instagram.

1. 22nd May STUDIO TOUR welcome to my spacious Weymouth studio 

2. 23rd May  MAKING WORK an introduction to my practice  

3. 24th May  MAKING WORK CLOSE TO HOME gift within restriction

4. 25th May SKETCHBOOKS the role of sketchbooks

5. 26th May  IN CONVERSATION WITH PROFESSOR SIMON OLDING a discussion about THE COMMON GROUND an exhibition conceived and curated for The Crafts Study Centre, Farnham in 2020 

6. 27th May  CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION WITH PROFESSOR SIMON OLDING:  A YEAR ON  recently recorded at the studio.

7. 28th May  BLUES TALKING which pigment and why 

8. 29th May SHINE sunrise sunset light shade

9. 30th May EARTHS TALKING working with site materials

10. 31st May  BIRDS FOR COMPANY during the last year I’ve been grateful for the company of birds 

11. 1st June  LULWORTH working on site 

12. 2nd June  ANTARCTICA skating to Antarctica

13. 3rd June  YELLOWS TALKING which pigment and why (with Evie Hatch blog writer and artist liaison at Jackson’s Art)

14. 4th June  MOONSHINE painting in moonlight

15. 5th June INTRODUCING THE SWALLOW FUND in support of the charity Rewilding Britain

16. 6th June  ON THE ROAD working away

SUNRISE- MOONSET: SANDSFOOT CASTLE. Watercolour and beach debris and earths on handmade cotton rag paper. 82x197cm