The wonderful and lovely Frances Jones was a Londoner who lived and worked in Sussex for many years as a hair stylist. She always enjoyed art but owning her own salon kept her too busy.
Finally, when she and husband Myke moved to Spain and settled in beautiful Benitachell in 1988, she picked up her paint brushes and oil paints and never looked back.
Fran is a big fan of the Impressionist painters like Monet and Nydia Lozano, (1947) a Valenciana from Alginet, Valencia, who worked in the tradition of Valencian artists much the same as Sorolla.
Fran's work also shows that she is an admirer of Fabian Perez, who is an artist born in Buenos Aires but currently residing in Los Angeles and is known for his paintings of the tango and for his portraits.
Perhaps Fran is drawn to painting because she was always told that her ancestor was Sir John Millais, an English painter and illustrator who was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and perhaps most famous for his epic painting of Ophelia (1852) at the Tate Britain, London.
"The family thinks that Sir John Millais is my ancestor because my mother's maiden name is Millais," explain the Benitachell artist. "However," she continues, "I have little proof of that!!"
You will be able to meet Fran and admire and purchase her beautiful paintings at the Art Market on Thursday, 16th of March.