Fran’s paintings are done in an impressionistic style in both in oil and watercolor. Applying oil paint using a palette knife allows for a free and impressionistic feel as color is laid next to color and mixed on the surface. Painting in watercolor presents many challenges, but also many wonderful surprises as experimentation and exploration proceed in the process of creating a watercolor painting. Fran limits her pallet, choosing sometimes only four colors that will create the feeling or visual effect desired. Through the mixing of these limited colors, a wide range of hues can be achieved. This creates unity and harmony in the painting. A love of nature inspires her to create paintings of flowers, plants and other hidden treasures in nature whether painting on location or back in her studio from photographs that she has taken.