Frances Carter Stephens

Pictured above: Red Friday, 2016, 20 x 24 in., oil on canvas

Frances Carter Stephens, a Houston-based visual artist, creates abstract paintings and drawings and conceptual works that are inspired by the natural world and life events. She works in a variety of media, including oil, oil pastel, watercolor, and acrylic.

Born in Virginia, where her father, Dean Carter, was founder and chairman of the Art Department at Virginia Tech, Stephens began drawing and painting at an early age. She began formal art studies in high school, and studied theater design, studio art, and art history at the University of Virginia and The University of Texas at Austin.

Stephens often works in series; recent groupings include paintings in her Chroma series and a Jazz series of oil paintings. A recent series, The Mediterranean Suite of seven paintings, includes the oil painting shown above, Pearl Dawn.

"Through the language of abstraction, I want to engage the viewer with art that explores our shared human experience, from its most simple quietude to its highest drama."--Frances Carter Stephens