A native of the greater Hartford area, Francie’s work is inspired by her many years living in New Mexico.
It was not an accident that she was drawn to New Mexico. She has always felt a profound connection to the native American culture and their spiritual beliefs. The landscapes of the surrounding Santa Fe area speak to her deeply. Her paintings are infused with the spirit and culture of New Mexico.
Place and circumstance are the two things that draw Francie to her subject matter. She feels and identifies with the hardships and challenges that have occurred that paradoxically create the beauty. Changing circumstances, erosion, and things abandoned are common themes in her work. Her gift and insight as an artist is her ability to see this beauty amidst decay.
Francie’s painting is informed by her many years of experience as a photographer. While she became an artist in her youth, she did not begin to paint with oils until she arrived in New Mexico. Painting En Plein Air she relished the opportunity to create without rules or instruction. The results are authentic and full of raw emotion.