Born in Red Deer, Fran was raised on an acreage near Sedgewick, Alberta in the middle of the “oil patch”. She moved to rural Saskatchewan in the 80’s with her former husband and raised her family there; relocating back to Alberta in 2011 and presently resides in Calgary.
Although creative her whole life, it wasn’t until 1998, she had an incredible urge to paint seriously and enrolled in the U of S off-campus painting classes with Amira Wasfy and Clint Hunker. Iris Hauser, and all the instructors at the various workshops attended have also been significant influences. As well, she values the contact with her art friends and feels they too have contributed to her art education.
Fran continues to further her art education; she studied with Doug Levitt and is currently painting under Michael Downs. She has taken several sessions of figurative and portrait drawing with Cameron Roberts, (as well as a few sculpture workshops in clay with Cameron). In addition, Fran has participated in an advanced portrait workshop with artist Michelle Dunaway at the Scottsdale Artists School, workshops with Liana Bennett from Seattle on abstracting the figure and most recently an abstracting the figure workshop with Brian Smith of Ontario.
Figurative work has always been a favourite of hers, with a focus on the portrait. It fascinates Fran to create an image on paper or canvas that can capture the essence of a personality. Add to that, the enchantment of costume. To create a story, to see an image emerge from a blank, white state, to witness the point during the process that the paint on the canvas becomes “alive”… when the paint ceases to be paint and the darks and lights become an eye or hair and the painting takes on a personality, and that, for her, is just magical.