1943 - ?

NoŽlle R. M. Francis, was born in Cairo in 1943. NoŽlle Francis first studied at Ravensbourne College of Art before completing her teacher training at Cardiff School of Art in 1965. In the early 1970s she came to live and work in East Anglia and has been a prime mover in the highly successful artist-led Harleston and Waveney Art Trail. Noelle has always been an adventurous traveller, her journeys in recent years taking her to the rain forests of Borneo and South America, as well as to India, South Africa and Australia. Many of her rich and brilliantly coloured oils and watercolours reflect the intense visual experiences provided by their seas and landscapes and she has evolved a highly individual and very distinctive semi-abstract style with the brilliant blues and golds, greens and scarlets of her colourful palette making a powerful visual impression on the viewer. She exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions from Waveney, Free Lane, Ditchingham, Bungay in 1987 'Summer Garden, Blickling Hall' also showing at many of the leading galleries in the East Anglia including Grapevine in Norwich, the Bury St Edmund's Art Gallery, the Halesworth Gallery, Cork Brick in Bungay and the Norfolk and Norwich Arts Festival. She lives with her husband, Andrew P. Barber, who married in 1991, at Ditchingham, Bungay, Suffolk [actually in Norfolk], from where she donated works to the 'Westhall Secret Postcard Auction' in 2013, a watercolour 'Tropical Fish' and in 2014, 'Spring Chickens'. Her work is held in collections worldwide and in two local hospitals in Papworth and Norwich University.

Works by This Artist