Frances Daunt is an award-winning animal artist. As an animal lover she is fascinated in the ‘soul’ or character of animals and this shines through in her work.
From a young age animals, both furry and feathered, were her passion. She spent her early years exploring the Lea Valley marshes (near where she grew up) and later spent a lot of time bird-watching at Minsmere and Walberswick.
Nowadays Frances lives in rural Derbyshire. She works from home with a bird feeder situated just outside her studio window to provide plenty of distractions and entertainment!
Frances keeps her work fresh by working in a variety of media. She mainly works in pastels and coloured pencils, creating artwork which is held in private collections world-wide. However, she finds that by using different media she is continually challenging herself and learning something new which helps keep her work fresh and interesting.
She is well known for her ever popular and rather unique map art. These are mixed media pictures painted directly on to vintage maps and then dry mounted and framed. Frances has sourced vintage maps of many of the best UK bird watching areas and painted birds particularly connected to that place on them (many of these are places she has visited or birds she has seen). She also takes commissions for her map work for people with a specific area or bird/animal in mind which provides a unique and special gift or memory.
Frances also creates felted pictures. These are pictures made entirely of wool which are mounted and framed. The birds and animals of the Derbyshire countryside are a particular source of inspiration for Frances’ felted work, so there are always lots of hares and badgers as well as kingfishers and owls.
Frances likes to use her work to spread a message of conservation and regularly donates work to animal charity fundraisers. Her work was part of the invitational selection for Explorers Against Extinction 2018 – 2020 and she also regularly donates to local animal rescue centres.
In normal years Frances’ artwork can be seen in big national exhibitions including with The Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Craft in Focus and, of course, BirdFair. She also exhibits with the Wildlife Society International and The UK Coloured Pencil Society.