Frances studied English Literature and Art History at McGill University before teaching for a year in Italy where she fell in love with design. A graduate of Environmental Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Frances worked in architectural offices from 2003-2012, on large scale commercial and broadcast design. Currently, Frances teaches at OCADU in Environmental Design and consults with Art Not Shame, a non-profit arts education initiative. She is a partner in Necessary Arts Company, a creative co-working space in downtown Guelph, where she paints. Her artwork is in private collections across Canada, the US and UK and part of the public collection of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Frances's visual work is either figurative or abstract landscape. The common subject is imagined memory. Future, past and fantasy have equal weight. The lens of nostalgia casts a foggy dream-like appearance. The subtext comments on play, pastime and gender. In this vision, figures are simplified or distorted so as to emphasize gesture as if in a memory.
"All of my dreams fall and form a bridge of memory where I can get back."
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