About the Artist

FrancesHessels

Frances Hessels is an artist who paints mostly in watercolour and oils. She spent years teaching children to explore and observe the world around them and then to communicate observations in speech, writing and art.

Frances now has the luxury of time to do those things for herself.  She spends summers travelling, interacting with people and taking photos.  On cold winter days she enjoys reliving those experiences and recording them in painting.

She paints the world as she sees it.  Frances enjoys working with oils because of their vibrancy and texture, but her favourite medium for portraits is watercolour which has subtlety and transparency.

She is currently working on a series called “People in the City”.

When she is not painting, Frances enjoys gardening, reading, playing handbells and participating in family activities.

Frances is always searching for new subject material and would be happy to consider commissions to paint portraits.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, University of Saskatchewan

Bachelor of Education, University of Saskatchewan

Adult art classes with the City Centre for Arts, Grant MacEwan, U of A, and Edmonton Public School Board.

Awards and Achievements

Card Alling Scholarship, 2013

Second place in painting category, show sponsored by Shell Scotford Refinery at the Art Gallery of Alberta,2013

Third place in juried show, Jake’s Gallery, 2014

First place in juried show, Jake’s Gallery, 2015

Recent Shows and Exhibitions:

2012 – Misericordia Hospital

Juried show Jake’s Framing and Gallery, Edmonton

The Red Barn, Sherwood Park

Edmonton Art Club Spring Show and Sale

Alberta Art Gallery show sponsored by Shell Scotford Refinery

2013 – VASA Gallery in St. Albert

2014 – Solo show, Grey Nuns Hospital, Edmonton

Juried show, Jake’s Framing and Gallery, Edmonton

Edmonton Art Club Spring Show and Sale

2015 – Edmonton Art Club Spring Show and Sale

Juried show, Jake’s Framing and Gallery, Edmonton

Commissions:

Shell Scotford Refinery, 2012

Memberships

Edmonton Art Club, 2009 to present