Frances was born in 1983 and raised in Suffolk. After developing an early interest in drawing and painting, she then pursued art and art history at school. At aged 18 she made her way to Florence to pursue a classical training at Charles. H. Cecil Studios in 2001 for 3 years, and then taught sporadically there for a further seven summers.
Since the completion of her training Frances has been a full time professional portrait and landscape painter and has participated in many exhibitions including Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the BP Portrait Award, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, The Society of Wildlife Artists, the Society of Women Artists and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, where she has shown since 2005. She has also exhibited internationally at the MEAM in Barcelona, and at the Portrait Society of America.
Frances is a member of the RP the ROI and is an Assoc RSMA.
“The themes of my work largely revolve around what I observe in life and find captivating, ranging from formal portraits to farm life and landscapes of many kinds. The main nugget of interest is often a transcendent moment of atmosphere, whether the light over a field, or the tilt of a head. I think I attempt to pursue what seems to convey most about our environment and human nature in the simple subjects that surround us."
Frances has had work featured in print media, including The Times, The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, The Wall Street Journal, International Artist Magazine, The Artist Magazine and many blogs, newletters and podcasts.
A favourable review of Frances' work by Brian Sewell.
Valeria Sykes New Light Prize 2023
2nd Prize, Portrait Society of America 2023
Burkes Peerage Foundation Award 2022
3rd Prize, Portrait Society of America 2022
William Lock Portrait Prize, Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2021
The Charles Pears Award 2021
Staff Award ARC Salon 2021
Honorable Mention Mod Portrait 2021
First Prize Painting at Portrait Society of America 2020
Certificate of Excellence from Portrait Society of America 2019
2018 Certificate of Excellence from the Portrait Society of America
Shortlisted for Artist of the Year Award for Artist and Illustrated Magazine.
Highly Commended for The de Lazslo Foundation Award at RSPP
The New Generation Award RSMA 2018
2017 Highly Commended for the De Laszlo Foundation Award at RBA
Winsor and Newton Young Artist Awards First Prize at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2013 Portrait of a Woman Prize, Sheffield University
2011 The Barabara Tate Award SWA
The Artist Magazine Editors Choice Award
2010 Winsor and Newton Award SWA
2006 The de Laszlo Foundation Award