Hello, I’m Fran, and I paint watercolor portraits of children.
I started doing portraits when I painted seven young cousins for a friend. Thanks to the enthusiastic response to these portraits on social media, I received more commissions after that.
I had gone to art school at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia after working as a magazine editor in Manila. After completing the four-year painting course at the US’ first and oldest art school, I received a full scholarship to study printmaking in Poland for one year at the Academy of Art and Design in the lovely city of Wroclaw.
My traditional fine-art training has been invaluable in honing my eye and hand, especially when it comes to portraiture. The way I see it, creating a portrait is simply letting the subject speak for him or herself and be represented as naturally as possible.
I enjoy bringing to life the subject's individual spark through careful draftsmanship and luminous color. I hope to reveal this inner spark in every portrait I paint, as if the portrait had a beating heart. At least that is my aspiration.
I'd love to hear from you!