Frances was born in England, where she developed a love of the countryside and nature. Later experience as an interpretive naturalist in the United States added to her knowledge and is reflected in her artwork. Her illustrations show a combination of the natural world and its expression on paper, whether for viewing enjoyment or instructional purposes.
Her lifelong interests in natural history and art have culminated in paintings and illustrations primarily reflecting a nature theme. Helping others to stop and see the intricacy, beauty and scientific wonder of nature will, she hopes, inspire others to care for, preserve and enjoy the natural world as well as learn from it.
She holds Bachelors degrees in Geography, with Botany and Zoology from the University of Sheffield, UK and Graphic Design with Photography and Illustration from Akron University, OH. Additionally, she earned a certificate in Natural Science Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her education, augmented with numerous workshops over the years has prepared her for a varied approach to natural history illustrations.
Frances has worked as a naturalist and artist for the Cleveland Metroparks, OH. She has taught botanical and watercolor art at Mystic Museum of Art, CT, and Wickford Art association, RI. She has been commissioned to prepare interpretive signage and murals for nature centers, and conservation organizations.
She is a member of the American and New England Society of Botanical Artists as well as The National and New England Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and is active in various environmental and art organizations.
Selected Group and Solo Shows:
New England Society of Botanical Artists group shows
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators New England Chapter Shows
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators National show
Narragansett Bay Estuarine Research Reserve
Audubon Environmental Center, Bristol, RI
Four Starr Gallery, CT
University of Rhode Island
Local Art Associations in Ohio and Rhode Island
Friends of Canonchet Farm, RI – interpretive signage
Avalonia Conservancy CT – interpretive signage
Rhode Island Wild Plant Society – Posters
Rhode Island Natural History Survey – T shirt design
US Fish and Wildlife Service, RI – T shirt design
Cleveland Museum of Natural History OH – large murals of Rainforest and dinosaurs
Ohio Audubon – Brochures on wetlands, forest and prairie with teacher guides
Cleveland Metroparks OH – Tree ID signs, other interpretive signs, brochures and exhibits
Ohio Division of Watercraft – posters, brochures and exhibits