1942 - ?

NoŽlle R. M. Francis was born in Cairo in 1942, daughter of Dr Sydney Graham McKenzie Francis (13 September 1911-21 May 2000) and his wife NoŽlle Marie Henriette Legrand (21 March 1917-16 October 2007). NoŽlle Francis first studied at Ravensbourne School 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 successful artist-led Harleston and Waveney Art Trail. NoŽlle 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. A member of the Harleston and Waveney Art Trail, she exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions also showing at many of the leading galleries in the East Anglia including Grapevine in Norwich, the Bury St Edmund's Art Gallery, Halesworth Gallery, Cork Brick in Bungay and the Norfolk and Norwich Arts Festival. She lives with her husband, Andrew P. Barber whom she 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.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Waveney, Free Lane, Ditchingham, Bungay, Suffolk
1987 240 Summer Garden, Blickling Hall

Works by This Artist