Born in The Netherlands in 1954 she moved to the United States with her husband in 1987. Today, they live in Wilmington with their two sons. Francisca graduated with a master’s degree in Social Work in Amsterdam and worked as a counselor for than 15 + years. After migrating to the U.S., she decided to explore other talents as she experienced a new culture. She taught herself to paint and has been a serious painter since 1999.
In her own words Francisca describes her work, “My style of painting is expressive - often abstract - with fluent movements and contrasting lines. My colors are always symbolic, vibrant and bold - meant to deepen the sense of motion in body and heart. I am not bound to one technique and always continue to experiment and grow. Recently, I have focused on figurative expression, bold in colors with over-sized hands, illustrating all that we do with them, and painted with over-sized feet, referring to our connection with the earth.
In addition to painting, I am continually working with live models that inspire me to express myself through abstract, and at times, whimsical and free-form styles of drawing. Utilizing pencil, ink, watercolor and oil pastels, I love to tell a story and to express the humor as well as the seriousness that I see in the human form."