Frances worked in the Children’s Department of the Halifax Library system for more than thirty years. There she developed a love of children’s books and, as a result, was inspired to write and illustrate children’s books of her own. She is the author and illustrator of three award winning children’s picture books.
Her first book, “Where I Live” (2001) which was published by Tundra Books, was written and illustrated to celebrate childhood memories of summers spent in her special place by the sea and it won the Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon award for illustration and the Ann Connor-Brimer award for literature in the Atlantic Provinces in the year that it was published.
Her subsequent books are titled, “One Wish” (2004) and “The Little Toy Shop” (2008), and where also published by Tundra.
Frances very much enjoys sharing her work with children in the schools around the province through the W.F.N.S., Writers in the Schools program.
Frances is a self-taught artist and lives on a piece of Nova Scotia shoreline that has been in her family for more than a hundred years. Her work is done exclusively in oil on hardboard in a realistic style and subject matter can vary greatly.