Frances Hodges Carson started winning awards in grade school going so far as being Nominated to the American Pen Women, at 18 she was one of the youngest women ever to win membership. She worked as a commercial artist in Baltimore returning to college part time when her youngest child started school working at Anne Arundel Community College, Essex Community College, Maryland Institute College of Art, and University of MD in College Park. She received her BFA from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in 1987.
She mentored her children’s interests, volunteered in their schools, served on the PTA Board, created stage sets and costumes for various musicals and worked as a substitute teacher. She served on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, MD chairing shows and fundraisers. She worked as an art teacher with the continuing education programs at both Anne Arundel Community College and Prince George’s County Community College in MD.
Fran Carson became a Florida resident in 1993. Extensive travel has allowed her to visit museums and galleries throughout the US, Europe and elsewhere increasing her appreciation of the importance of art in our lives as well as its value as a means of communication between cultures.
She has shown in many places including 2 one woman shows. Her painting of the Maryland State House was published in the Annapolitan Magazine in October1988. Her painting, Cypress, was published in American Artist Magazine in August 1990.
Painting is her first love in the arts although she has won awards in other areas. She works in multiple media and often combines fiber and findings with painting. Her primary mediums are oil and watercolor.