Frances Carter Stephens

Pictured above: Autumn Light, 2020, oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches

The natural world, in particular weather and landscape, informs my creative output of drawings and paintings.

I use the language of abstraction as a way to respond to and reflect the world around me. My work explores the organic world of landscape, encompassing land, sea, and sky, and the intangible qualities of emotion resulting from interaction with our planet Earth. Weather, which is varied and volatile in southeastern Texas, is an aspect of nature that fascinates me for its dynamic impact on our environment. Extreme heat, raging fires, sudden storms, and icy blasts are part of my visual representation. The cycle of seasons and the changes in light and color are also part of my inspiration. Gardens are a theme I return to repeatedly as places of respite and renewal and as a metaphor for the exuberance and struggle in nature’s life cycle—birth, growth, decline, and death.

I began drawing and painting at an early age. I began formal art studies in high school in my home state of Virginia, and studied theater design, studio art, and art history at the University of Virginia and The University of Texas at Austin.

I have been showing my work in solo and group shows in Houston and the surrounding area since 2010. My work has been in juried shows including Lawndale's Big Show 2010; Visual Art Alliance Juried Exhibitions 2013, 2016, and 2019; Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2013 and 2018; and the Texas National at SFASU in 2016 and 2018.