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

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.


News from the studio

The studio has become a private space this year: playground and depository. It will open its doors as regulations allow. Conversations will resume. Visitors will actually ‘meet’ the works and me their maker once again. How welcome that contact will be.

First in the diary is DORSET ART WEEKS  22 May – 6 June 2021. The intention is to open by appointment with daily on-line videos. More information soon.

This new website (and all the connectivity that is embedded within it) is an acknowledgement of the value of virtual connection. During these solitary months I uncovered much opportunity and gift via my screen.

Thankfully, I have not been distanced from the environment. I’ve never been so intimately aware of my place within the community of ‘other-than-human’ relationships. I’ve made a lot of work this year- and I’ve done a lot of listening. 

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. 

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