Frances Brock: Badly Drawn Pets

Frances Brock is a painter, producing colourful, expressive portraits using mixed water media, as well as landscape paintings in water media and oils. Her work has been shown in York Open Studios for the past four years and she regularly teaches courses at Sleningford Old Hall for the past two years.

"I was due to open our home to visitors as part of York Open Studios earlier this year. Like many people, I was really sorry that we missed this wonderful opportunity to show and sell work, and to meet the public and fellow artists. Courses I was due to teach and courses I was going on were cancelled,  and I was anxious for friends, family and the world. It wasn't easy to be motivated to paint, or to see a way to be useful to wider society.

Then a good friend, Tina Abbott, started a wonderful fundraising project to support York RSPCA, called 'Badly Drawn Pets'. I joined with many other city artists, amateur and professional, painting people's pets for a donation to York RSPCA. This was so special and I received such kind, positive responses to my work that I felt I had done something to help others during the first lockdown.

Before March, my recent work had involved portraiture of humans; the rest of the year has been a delight, painting portraits of pets. These animals with whom we share our homes give much-needed company and comfort to many people. It was a privilege to have been involved in the project, which raised about £4,800.

You can see more of Frances' work on her website

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