Fran and her husband John have made their home in Barry's Bay since the mid 1970's. They raised their children here and both have served their community as volunteers for a variety of organizations.
In the late 1980's, Fran became a member of the Madawaska Valley Community Arts Council (MVCAC) and, for several years, sold her work as an exhibitor for at both the Christmas and Summer Shows.
Fran began painting as a folk artist and went on to a professional level in decorative painting having her work juried for participation in national conventions and published in several American folk art magazines. She taught at the Haliburton School of Fine Art and operated a home studio in Barry's Bay from where she taught art classes to adults and children and sold a wide array of art supplies.
As a member of the Hobbies Industries of America (HIA) and the Canadian Craft and hobby Association (CCHA), she attended trade shows on behalf of suppliers and manufacturers of art and craft products and worked as a professional demonstrator. She is a long-standing member of C-DAN (Canadian Decorative Arts Network) and served on its board as membership chair.
Fran spent five years in northern Ontario, in Timmins and then in the city of Fort Frances. During these years she joined the local community art guild and continued to learn from other artists. While with the Fine Line Gallery, in Fort Frances, Fran's artwork was juried and accepted as part of a collection of work from thirteen other local artists in the area. She also became a part of the teaching team at the Fine Line Gallery.
During this period of artistic transformation, stimulation, encouragement, and growth Fran's artwork was ever-changing while she continued to explore new and exciting directions. Since returning to Barry's Bay in the summer of 2004, she has continued to develop her talents and enjoys making special gifts and cards for friends and family.
Fran's Art (click on the thumbnails to view)
|Candle Ring: Acrylics on stained glass.|
|Floral Elegance: Stroke work in oils on stained glass.|
|Poinsettia: Oils on stained glass.|
|Teapot & Cup: Glass paints: Functional pieces that can be used and are dishwasher safe.|
|Furniture painting: Floral pattern on an old chair using a multi-loading technique.|
|Victorian Reflections: Floral design in acrylics with a faux finish background on wood.|
|Irises: Oils on canvas.|
|Narcissus: Acrylics on canvas.|
|Turtle Lake: Quetico Park landscape in acrylics on canvas.|
|Rushing River: Acrylics on canvas|
|Winter Landscape: Watercolours|
|Tulip: Acrylics on canvas|