A Waterloo Region artist residing in St. Jacobs, Frances Gregory studied at Sheridan College/ U of T Art Education Program and at workshops held by various well-known artists. After many years creating as an artisan she now focuses her talents as a fine art painter in watercolour, acrylic on canvas, mixed media collage and with an array of printmaking techniques. She has received awards from the KW Society of Artists and the Homer Watson Gallery in Doon. She exhibited a solo show titled ‘Earth Notes’ at the Homer Watson Gallery. In recent years Frances has opened her studio to the Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour. www.kbtstudiotour.ca
My art is fully rooted in the beauty and wonder of nature. I am fascinated by nature’s moods and the power of light to transform an ordinary subject into something exciting, tender or even mystical. I am a spontaneous artist and continually challenge myself with any medium I approach. I sketch, photograph, and journal from many hikes, drives, and travels as well as everyday experiences.
My watercolours- often depicting local scenes for the most part are planned and deliberate but often surprise me. My acrylic on canvas balances on the edge of abstraction and develops intuitively through layering up marks and textures, and building up subtle surfaces that combine the textural qualities of papers and printmaking processes. Printmaking is for me, ‘creative play’. I find monotypes are the most expressive as they are the most ‘painterly approach.
Frances A Gregory