Following a degree in Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art in the late 1980s Frances Campbell returned to
her home city of Cambridge and participated in exhibitions both locally and nationally. After a break of
some years she re-discovered the excitement that creating art can bring and the joy of an uninterrupted
day in her garden studio.
Her recent seascapes and landscapes explore the balance between realism and abstraction and are
inspired by the movement of the water and the ever changing light this brings. She starts with lots of quick sketches aiming to capture the essence of a place and to narrow down the parts that really interest her. Back in the studio these are developed into paintings with acrylics, collage and a mix of printmaking and drawing techniques. Colours are built up, blended and then often scraped away, often over weeks or months to create rich textures and colours.