Following a degree in Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art in the late 1980s Frances Campbell returned to her home city of Cambridge, finding inspiration in the local area. Her recent seascapes and landscapes explore the balance between realism and abstraction. They are inspired by the movement of water and light, minuscule details that are easily overlooked.
Frances begins each work 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.