My colorful tropical acrylic paintings reflect the flavor of the Florida Keys. I love plein air painting, as there is something unique about painting on site for capturing the special feeling about a particular place. While I am well known for my Keys landmarks and conch houses, I particularly enjoy painting mangrove and back country scenes.
I am a co-founder of the Key West Plein Air Painters. We meet weekly to paint scenes in Key West and the Florida Keys. I don't mind people watching, although I get so absorbed in my painting that I once got a parking ticket. Although my car was only 2 feet away, I never noticed the officer.
I have been painting since I was a teenager, and have studied under several noted Keys artists, including Judi Bradford and Jim Salem. I've been a professional artist since 2000.
Galleries: Frangipani Gallery, Key West FL / Keywest Art Center, Key West FL / 1100SoDu Gallery, Key West FL
Collections: Frances Wolfson / Joyce Stahl / Tom Greenwood
Commissions: Season Brochure, Marathon Community Theater / Sign, First Congregationalist Church, One Call Construction / CD Cover, First Cabin Records / Employee Reward Program, United Healthcare / Several paintings / Cover, "Sand Dollar" novel by Jane Newhagen
Grants: (2) KWPAP Exhibit, Florida Keys Council of the Arts ArtReach
Publications: Key West Magazine / Culture Magazine / Tourist Development Council Website / Florida Keys Council of the Arts Website
Awards: 3rd Place, Lower Keys Artists Network / 3rd Place, Purple Isles Art Guild
Associations: Plein Air Florida / Key West Plein Air Painters (co-founder) / Florida Keys Council of the Arts
Blog: Fran Decker Blog
Contact: Fran Decker