Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Fran earned her B.S. in secondary education and a Master of Arts in natural sciences from the University of South Carolina. She taught high school physical science, biology, and chemistry for over 25 years in the Columbia area and retired in 2006. She now has time to enjoy gardening, grandchildren, travel, and artwork at her Hopkins, S.C. home.
Her works- paintings, mosaics, or Palmetto Tree Fish- reflect her love of nature. She is particularly drawn to rural and coastal South Carolina for inspiration.
Her mosaics are each unique in that they are made from “recycled” plates, coffee cups, and vases she uncovers at thrift shops, family cupboards, and floor tile projects. It is an entertaining challenge to find just the right colors and textures in these treasures found not only in South Carolina, but in the many towns she and husband Al visit.
A lover of the state tree in her own garden, Fran is delighted to have created a special use for the long, woody stems of the palmetto fronds – Palmetto Tree Fish! Now, with her family’s help, she collects the palmetto tree “leftovers” both in the Columbia area and, of course, Charleston, S.C.! The natural curvature of the fronds gives each “fish” its own personality and sense of motion.
Fran tries to create artwork that the owner will appreciate for its color, pattern, and uniqueness. Palmetto Tree Fish probably represent One of South Carolina’s most unique creations!