Keenly interested in art throughout her youth, Fran Alexander went on to study visual arts at the University of British Columbia, graduating in 1984 with a degree in Art Education. Her painting instructor and mentor at the time was none other than celebrated Canadian artist Gordon Smith, an influence that would inform her artistic sensibility in the years to come.
A shortage of jobs in the Vancouver area propelled Fran northward, where she would dedicate the next three years to teaching Inuit children in the town of Inuvik, Northwest Territories. This experience would foster a profound respect for native culture and the Canadian wilderness, and would also lay the foundation for future artworks.
The consummate adventurer, Fran left the tranquil isolation of the Arctic for the bustling metropolis of Toronto, where in addition to domestic and professional life, she continued to hone her technical skills and develop a deeply personal approach to image making.
After six years in Canada’s largest city, Alexander crossed the Atlantic in 1997 for the great artistic traditions of Europe. The fabled museums and galleries of France and Germany complemented her extensive education in the arts, and the combination of her formal training and life experience began to congeal. However, the rugged beauty of her beloved Canada beckoned, and she returned to her native land to fully realize her calling as an artist.
After relentless explorations into genres as varied as hyper-realism and abstract expressionism, Alexander’s painting began to solidify into a unique artistic vision: one that explored her love of country, love of nature, and love of expressive mark making and imagery.
Exhibiting opportunities came fast and furious, and Fran began to establish herself on the art scene. Over the past several years, she has shown her paintings in respected galleries, and has received numerous awards. She remains involved in arts organizations, has acted as a juror for painting competitions, and has generously donated her works to a number of charitable organizations. Her abstract and representational paintings are now included in private collections across the globe.