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About The Artist
Frances Harris was born in 1913 and passed away in 2017 at 104 years of age. She emigrated from England to Canada in 1939. It is the scenery from the Rockies to the Pacific Coast and the Gulf Islands of British Columbia that have been among the greatest sources of her inspiration. The Vancouver School of Art and several well-known British Columbia artists have all contributed to Frances's art education, but Robert Genn and the late Alex Sutherland have had the greatest influence on her work. Frances Harris preferred medium is oil to paint the vast and powerful British Columbia landscape, honouring the great works by the famous Canadian Group of Seven.
Frances Harris, legally visually impaired since the 1990’s was a vivacious person and an inspiration to all younger artists. In her late 80's she still traveled regularly throughout British Columbia as well as through Italy, France and Mexico, finding her own images to inspire her paintings, even hiring a small plane to take her flying over the Chilcotin plateau and Similkameen valley.
Frances Harris has been represented by The Lloyd Gallery in Penticton since the mid 1980’s. Proceeds of many of Frances Harris's works in the 1990’s established a Frances Harris Endowment Fund which has provided an annual scholarship to a deserving South Okanagan 3rd year Fine Arts student through the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan (formerly known as the Penticton Community Foundation). In 2007, more than fifty oil paintings by Frances Harris were destroyed when a fire raged through and destroyed a building at 598 Main Street in Penticton that formerly housed The Lloyd Gallery.
At age 97, she amazed us with a series of eleven new paintings of the BC landscape, painted in 2009 and 2010. In 2012, when Frances was 99 years old we received four freshly painted oils and we stood in awe that any visually impaired painter can still provide her galleries and her admiring clients with such outstanding landscapes.
Frances and one of her sons, William Watt, shared a grand enthusiasm for painting and they encouraged each other to continue to grow as artists and inspire each other’s creative flashes. Frances Harris brought a bit of Scottish perseverance and wit when speaking about her creative zest in life.