Jean-Frances has always lived in Canada where she was born. She can’t remember not painting. She has had over twenty-five years teaching art in the community and privately. In 1976 she received her degree in Fine Arts, Humanities from McMaster University and has continued to both give as well as take art workshops in a variety of media.. She has worked extensively in the community to promote the arts and was instrumental in 1991 in founding the Chaleur Nepisiquit Association for Arts and Culture, now the Bathurst Art Society.
She exhibits annually with the Bathurst Art Society show and has participated in shows at the Bathurst Community College; the Little Gallery, Bathurst; the Nepisiquit Library, Bathurst; the Restigouche Gallery, Campbellton; the former Ring Gallery, Saint John and the Queen-Saulter Library in Toronto. These were exhibitions of drawings in ink and pencil, watercolour street scenes and a miniature series of eight block prints done in black ink of white paper.
From 1990 to 1995 she wrote a weekly “Art Talk” column for The Northern Light newspaper creating an art lesson utilizing local details of interest for demonstration. These were suitable for children as well as adults and made people take another look at the world around them.. In 1997 she self published “There’s a Dragon in Bathurst” a children’s book about a dragon who is created from landmarks in the Bathurst area. The book was nominated for and received a Lieutenant Governor’s literacy award in 1998.
In 1999 she was illustrator for the publication”There was a Mine in Northern New Brunswick” by David Gallagher. Exclusive of the painted illustration on the cover she conceived and executed all illustrations in pen and ink and pencil in this publication. In 2001 she was poet laureate for Peter Gzowski’s Invitational Golf for Literacy held in Bathurst, New Brunswick.. The same year she composed lyrics to the St. Andrew’s Anthem music composed by Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey which was presented at St. Andrew’s in July, 2001.
She enjoys doing pencil portraits of people and pen and ink sketches of houses. Much of her colour work utilizes watercolour but at present she is doing a series of acrylic on board paintings, largely of landscape. Poetry and writing continues to occupy her.