FULL CIRCLE is a culmination of artworks ranging from nudes, still life and portraits that have inspired Frances from 40 years living in Mallorca to her return to the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. Frances is renowned for her beauty of line and dynamic colour. Expect a collection of paintings and drawings using oil, pastels and charcoal.
Clem’s Cargo Marketplace in Brunswick Heads
1-26 February 2020
Instagram : @francesbaxterart
About Frances Baxer
Frances grew up in Mullumbimby, and her father Lew Baxter was the local sergeant in charge of police between 1960-1968. By profession, Frances was a teacher in the N.S.W. education system for various years. Then, when her first two children were very young, she began to study painting and drawing, first with Australian painter, Estelle Cotsell and then with Frank Hodgkinson one of the best painters in Australia. That was almost 40 years ago and painting, drawing and music have been her life ever since.
In 1976, both her parents were tragically killed in a car accident. Seeking relief and change, in 1977 Frances embarked on a life changing journey that led her to a valley filled with ancient olive groves called Deia in Mallorca (coincidentally artist Frank Hodgkinson had lived in Deia with his family in the early 60s too). Having never left Australia before, Frances booked herself and two young children on a 5-week boat trip and travelled to a land with language unknown. She immediately fell in love with the people, peace and the superlative beauty of this island. She also fell in love with an “almost Mallorquin”, Juan Graves (son of famous poet Robert Graves who had lived in Deia since the 1920s), they married and spent the next forty years together. Juan was a man so loved by the local people that when he died they named their new library after him.
Frances has now returned to her roots to be closer to her grandchildren. She has immersed herself into the Brunswick Heads community and keeps her creative skills flowing with weekly life drawing classes at Sketch Appeal, Brunswick Picture House.