Author: Jenny Shepherd

Q&A: Frances Featherstone

Frances Featherstone is a contemporary Fine Artist working in oils from her studio Groombridge, East Sussex. She is fascinated by the interweaving journeys that we are on as ordinary people in the modern world. And in her paintings she captures the vibrancy of the landscape and at the same time the narratives of the individuals moving within it.

Her recent paintings 'The Heavens Series’ seeks to capture the sense of infinity and serenity we glimpse when looking out of aeroplane windows like angels from above. This series has taken on a new meaning during the global pandemic. Read on to find out more about Frances. 

Q&A: Frances Featherstone | Image

AR: What was the inspiration behind your current body of work? 

The Heavens Series’ seeks to capture the sense of infinity and serenity we glimpse when looking out of aeroplane windows like angels from above.  This series takes a new significance during a time when flights and travel are limited because of Coronavirus. 

 

AR: Do you see this work as a continuation of previous work or a series, or a new departure in your practice? 

The Heavens Series is a stand alone series. However it is a continuation of my fascination with the interweaving journeys that we are on as ordinary people in the modern world. And in my oil paintings I try to capture the vibrancy in the landscape and at the same time the narratives of the individuals moving within it. 

 

AR: When did you know you wanted to pursue a life in art? 

I always knew I wanted to pursue a life in art. I grew up in a creative household and both my parents went to art college. I won an art scholarship at 11 years old to my senior school.

 

AR: What is your earliest art memory? 

One of my earliest memories was painting my first oil painting of my brother and myself in a field of buttercups when I was seven years old in my father’s studio. 

 

AR: What’s next? 

Just before lockdown I managed to fly to Geneva and during the summer I flew to Rhodes. I took lots of photos of the Alps and the Mediterranean Islands from the aeroplane so I am thinking of how to develop this series further.

 

Check out Frances Featherstone's works here.

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