Multi-Layered, Multi Talented

Exclusively Surrey, Issue Four August 2007

Brian Alexander.  ‘Multi-layerered, Multi-talented’. Painting proved to be a life changing experience for artist Frances Jordan.

“Frances Jordan creates big, imposing oil paintings full of colour and drama from a small studio at the of her garden in Fetcham. It’s where she disappears into her won world as she relishes the opportunity to pursue what she’s wanted to do all her life.

A change in personal circumstances prompted Frances, at he age of 37, to become an artist. “I had been a good wife, a good mother and a good daughter and I suddenly thought: What do i want to do now?” she says. “I jotted down the things that make me happy and top of that list was painting, so I enrolled on a course at Reigate Art College and started painting seriously.

She admits that the course was a steep learning curve, especially on her first day when her tutor gave her a bowl of blackberries. “I assumed I was supposed to paint them, but I soon realised he wanted me to paint with them!” Frances loved the course in spite of being in a class of much younger students and she was encouraged to continue her studies. Much to her amazement, she was accepted at Central St Martin’s Art College in London and emerged five years later with a BA in Fine Art.

Now her work is exhibited locally and has also been displayed at the Battersea Art Fair and at Alexandra Palace. She says: “It is a labour of love. I’m frantically trying to get a body of work together because every time I hang a piece in a gallery it sells. Each painting takes a minimum of two months, but some take six months because I layer my work with sand, pebbles and other materials which means it takes a long time for each layer to dry. I’m now teaching part-time in Bookham and painting as often as possible as well. There are lots of opportunities for me now to exhibit, but having another work to show is always tricky. But I’m loving every moment of my new career. People seem to like what I do, so long may that continue.

Feature Written By Brian Alexander, Exclusively Surrey, Issue Four August 2007.