About Francesca

Francesca is a full time artist based in Cheltenham. Francesca studied at The University College of the Arts in Norwich where she achieved a B.A. Honours in Fine Art. She went on to study at the London Atelier of Representational Art. She then moved home four years ago to set up full time as an artist. She has exhibited across the country including London, Broadway, and York. She has had a solo show and exhibited at the RBSA Portrait Prize exhibition 2019, where her painting ‘Lewis’ was highly commended. She was nominated to become an associate to the R.B.S.A. in 2017 and elected a full member in 2018. She has had numerous private and public commissions including Labour Counsellor Joy Squires, the Bishop of Worcester and the Sword Bearer of Worcester.

Francesca is happy to travel for portrait commissions. She will then meet you for a coffee to discuss your needs for the portrait, including size, composition and colour. She will then invite you/the sitter to her studio. All her paintings are Oil on Canvas.

Francesca also regularly hosts Portrait Painting Workshops in her studio in Cheltenham, to find out more please contact Francesca or RSVP through her events page.

Achievements and notable sitters

Awarded: ‘Highly Commended’ for ‘Lewis’ in the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Portrait Prize exhibition, 2019
Commission: Joy Squires, Labour City Councillor, November 2019
Awarded: ‘Collaboration of the year’ for SENSE, ‘Making together’, 4 works, on permanent display at Touch base Pears Birmingham, 2019
Elected: Full member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, 2018
Commission: The Official Portrait of the Sword Bearer of Worcester, on permanent display at the Guildhall, 2018
Elected: Associate to the Royal Birmingham Society of Artist, 2017
Commission: The Official Portrait of the Bishop of Worcester, on permanent display at The Old Palace, 2017

List of exhibitions

‘Highly Commended’ in the RBSA Portrait Prize exhibition, Birmingham, 2 works, Lewis and Rae, 25th July-31st August 2019, 
The Art House, Worcester, ‘P is for Portrait’, Emalee, January-March 2019     
Noott Gallery, Broadway, 3 pieces, June 2nd-30th 2018
Blue Tree Gallery, York, 6 works, June 9th– August 2nd 2018
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, ‘Candidates’, 6 works, April 2018
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, ‘Start’, Asparagus, 23rd December-10th February 2018
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, ‘Members and Associates’, Early rain, 23rd November-23rd December 2017
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Solo Show ‘A study in True Representation’, 11 works, July 3rd-36th August 2017
Royal Society of Birmingham Artists, ‘Candidates 2017’, 6 works, April 2016
Royal Society of Birmingham Artists, ‘Open’ , Pears, May-June 2016,
Mall Galleries, London, Society of Women Artists, Merial and Pip- June 2015
Holt Festival, Holt, Holt Art Prize, Skull, July 2015

Work at Maggs

Francesca also runs workshops at Maggs day centre. Maggs provides a centre and ancillary support for people in material or emotional need, and/or who feel socially isolated, and/or who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, in Worcester and its surrounding area.

Francesca has volunteered there since 2015 and taught art there since 2016. She hosts weekly art classes and these have led to four exhibitions of the service users work at the Worcester Cathedral and the Worcester Museum.  Last year by engaging with the Worcester museum they gained the opportunity to work with the artist Mark Titchner in his show ‘What do we want?’. Mark hosted a workshop and exhibited some of their work in his show. 

Below is a painting of the art class at Maggs by Francesca.

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