Frances maintains a spacious, reflective practice growing in ever deeper connection with landscape. Her work is site-responsive, integrating site materials with water-based media. Her pieces are team-works: weather and the personality of place participate. Each site offers its own palette. She integrates colour (gouache, acrylic or watercolour) with what is available in the landscape. It is pertinent that the two pieces hung in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2016) were placed in Gallery 1V described by its curator, Jock McFayden RA, as ‘radical landscape’.
Frances was awarded The Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial Prize at The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours exhibition (2016) -an award to encourage innovation and experimentation in contemporary water media. In 2020, Frances conceived and curated The Common Ground for The Crafts Study Centre at University College for the Arts Farnham.
‘I linger, forage and concoct.
Weather, water and happenstance animate, reveal and conceal, pre-vent and pro-vide.
Site materials enter and inhabit the work by chance and by design.
Sky, leaf and sea shift second by second.
My ‘materials bank’ alters hourly, daily, yearly and over millennia.
Phthalo seeps into Sandsfoot clay.’
C.C.A.T. (Cambridge) Foundation Course 1973-74
Aberystwyth University College of Wales – Hons degree in French and Visual Art 1974-78
Auditrice Libre, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Nantes 1976
Goldsmiths’ College, A.T.C. 1978-79
Wimbledon College of Art: Postgraduate- MA Printmaking 1986-89
SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS:
THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PAINTERS IN WATERCOLOURS. The Mall Galleries, 2016 – 2022
ROYAL SOCIETY OF BRITISH ARTISTS OPEN. The Mall Galleries, London 2022
ROYAL WATERCOLOUR SOCIETY OPEN, Bankside, London. 2020, 2022
ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION. 2016 + 2019
RWA: 159th & 161st ANNUAL OPEN EXHIBITION, Bristol. 2011 + 2013 + 2015
KEVIS HOUSE GALLERY, Petworth. Solo and group shows 2014- 2022.
THE RUSSELL GALLERY, London. 2020-2022
SLADERS YARD, West Bay, Dorset. 2015- 2022
THE COMMON GROUND. Crafts Study Centre, U.C.A. Farnham. 2020
BERMONDSEY PROJECT SPACE, LONDON. 2019+ 2021
DRAWING ON DORSET. Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston near Swanage, Lighthouse in Poole, Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester. 2019
IGNITING SIGHT: Contemporary Artists inspired by Turner. SLADERS YARD, West Bay, Dorset. July-Sept 2019