Frances Ashforth is an artist whose work has been shown in Canada, Europe and the UK and in US print biennials and galleries in NY, CA, OR, CT, MA, ME, ID, GA, WI, MN & TN. She received a degree in Printmaking and Design from Skidmore College. She’s also been honored to have work in the IFPDA Print Fair, NY, Work on Paper Fair, NY and museums, such as The MacMaster Museum in Ontario, The Boise Art Museum, ID, Sun Valley Museum of Art, ID and The Bradbury Art Museum, AR. Her work has been published inOrion Magazine,Carrier Pigeon Magazine, Art in Print,The Adventure Journaland with Patagonia Books in their recently published book ‘Headwaters’ by author Dylan Tomine. She has been fortunate to spend time at residencies in Ucross, WY and Playa, Summerlake, OR, as well as being invited on a 5 day canoe residency that followed the path of Thoreau’s trek through the North Maine Woods.
Frances spends a great deal of time outdoors, hiking along rivers, up mountains, and observing habitats. She looks with intention to the land and researches the environments she finds herself in. Whether arid basin and range, watershed or coastal wetland, her spare images share memory of place. Water has been at the core of her work for some time. Early on as a white water canoe guide and years of fly fishing have given her experiences in both salt and fresh water. She believes that landscape defines us, that water is our most precious resource and that the quality of water is the quality of life. Her monotypes, paintings and drawings all share subtle feelings towards sense of place though observation of weather, light and time. Her hope is that her spare images share the tension, detail, color and line, and all aspects of memory that will ultimately strike a chord of respect for the preservation of raw beauty found in landscape.