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I approach a canvas with a desire to fuse color with dimension through a complexity of textures, free from intention, tradition and norms. Layering devices burn a life force into even the smallest structures. 

The strokes, some obscure, some defined, personify difference and sameness and how the two natures work in concert with one another. My mission is to draw the viewer deep into my world, thus transcending the conventional and speaking to the imagination."

Fran received her formal training at Chouinard Art Institute (now CAL ARTS) where she worked in the style of representational art. As a student in the ‘60s, Fran was chosen to exhibit her paintings heavily texturized with spackeling wall paste in galleries and furniture showrooms in LA. She had also received representation at a gallery in NJ.

 

After college, due to a childhood trauma with her face, Fran applied her artistic skill to the makeup field where she built a thirty-year career inspiring women to see the “art” in their faces. Her unique aesthetic approach, coupled with her workshops, seminars, support groups, as well as widespread media exposure, earned her national and international recognition. She was featured on talk shows, women's magazines and other print media including The New York Times. Fran did not paint during those years. Instead, she penned a memoir and two screenplays centered around her life story. 

 

​In 2013, Fran returned to painting after a bout with Lyme disease left her with arthritic fingers and the difficulty to continue writing. She began working in the style of Abstract Expressionism, preferring to create mood and emotion over defined images, infusing her paintings with pastes, sand, glosses, paper towels, and acrylic skins.

 

Fran’s paintings have been exhibited in over thirty galleries in New Jersey, the Chelsea district of Manhattan and Southern Florida, and are in private collection in New York, Florida, Toronto, and Hollywood, Ca.

 

Fran enjoys painting and exhibiting but her passion is teaching. She created, “NOT YOUR ORDINARY PAINTING CLASS,” which she has taught in a museum in New Jersey and in Florida, in several locations including Old School Square Creative Arts School. Her curriculum blends the lifestyles and artistic styles of famous Abstract Expressionists with unique techniques and applications. 

 

Fran is the exhibition coordinator of the National Association of Women Artists in Palm Beach County; the cochair of the art program for the Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women; member of the Arts Student League, ArtServe, Broward Art Guild, Signature member of the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Art Educational Fund Chair of the Delray Art League.

 

Fran has been a keynote speaker for several Florida organizations including the Institute for Learning In Retirement. She runs workshops and demonstrations in her craft across Florida. Fran’s paintings were recently featured in Art Guide Magazine where she won additional representation. Her collective projects have been showcased in various Florida media.  

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2022   National League of American Pen Women, exhibit, Ann Kolb Nature Center, Hollywood, Fl

2022   NAWAFL Board Members Exhibit, ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale, Fl -- Second Place 

2021   National League of American Pen Women, Florida Biennial Conference

2021   National League of American Pen Women, Boca Raton Community Center, Boca Raton, Fl

2021   Delray Art League, Sugar Sands Park, Boca Raton, Fl

2021   Summer Sizzle Exhibit, Broward Art Guild Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Fl

2021   Art Angels Online Exhibit, National Association of Women Artists

2021   National League of American Pen Women Annual Juried Show -- Second Place 

2020   131st Anniversary Online Exhibit, National Association of Women Artists 

2020   New Member Exhibition, (online), National Association of Women Artists   

2020   Broward Art Guild Gallery Fort Lauderdale, Fl

2019   Highland Beach Library, Highland Beach FL

2019   6" x 6" Exhibit Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL

2018   Heart of Delray, Delray Beach, FL.

2018   Art Bravo, Art Serve, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2018   Signature Members Exhibit, Artist Guild Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

2017   Signature Members Exhibit, Artist Guild Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

2017   Signature Members Exhibit, Artist Guild Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

2017   Signature Members Exhibit, Artist Guild Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

2017   Signature Members Exhibit, Artist Guild Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

2017   6" x 6" Exhibit, Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL

2017   Artists Guild Gallery FAU Living Room Theater, Boca Raton, FL 

2017   Artists Guild Gallery, Boca Raton Regional High School, Boca Raton, FL 

2017   Delray Art League, Arts Garage, Delray Beach, FL  

2016   Signature Members Exhibit, Artists Guild Gallery, Delray Beach, FL  
2016   Still Life Exhibit, Chamber of Commerce, Delray Beach, FL    
2016   Signature Members Exhibit, Artists' Guild Gallery, Delray Beach, FL    
2016   Art Walk Event, Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL    
2016   Art Walk Gallery Exhibit, Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL    
2016   Gallery Exhibit, Arts Garage, Delray Beach, FL  
2016   Autumn Rising, Milagro Center, Delray Beach, FL   
2016   Gallery Exhibit, Delray Beach City Hall, Delray Beach, FL    
2015   Exposure, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY    
2015   Humana Arcana, Gallery d'Arte, New York, NY    
2015   Five Senses +1, Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY   
2015   Summer, The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster Township, NJ 

2015   Gallery Exhibit, MPAC Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ 

2014   Gallery Exhibit, Linda Grandis Blatt Gallery, Morristown, NJ     
2014   Art Student's League, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY     
2013   Winter Wonderland, Morris County Art Association, Morristown, NJ

PUBLICATIONS

2022  Tools of the Trade, National Association of Women Artists Magazine, winter edition