Frances Carter Stephens

Pictured above: Chroma Duet, 2015, 14 x 18 in., oil on canvas


Frances Carter Stephens, a Houston-based visual artist, creates abstract paintings, 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 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 uses the language of abstract to explore the intangible qualities of time, place, mood, and emotion.

"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