Most of her art is inspired by bikes, trees, colours, and things she sees when out. She keeps a sketchbook/journal to record things that are important to her, its a great way for her to share her thoughts with others. Frances’s illustrations are usually from photo’s, and generally small and detailed watercolours. Frances also enjoys print making, having done some screen printing and recently started lino cutting which she likes because its physical.
Frances is quite a cheeky character who’s complex, with some extraordinary skills. She has moderate-severe autism, sensory processing disorder, learning difficulties, limited communication, high support needs and profound anxiety. All of this means she experiences the world differently which makes life challenging, with the need for constant care/support.
Frances loves climbing, cycling, surfing, walking her best mate Elsa (dog) and the odd game of squash. Her weekly routine is made up of intensive daily exercise which is vital to her well-being. In between she enjoys visiting places of interest, national trust gardens (she won’t go inside!), taking photos, sketching and obviously drawing bikes.
We’re really proud of Frances, It’s difficult to encourage her and share her work as she finds attention and emotion overwhelming to the point that it will stop her drawing. Through illustratemybike she can share her work and enjoy peoples enthusiasm from a distance. We love reading all the kind comments. She doesn’t show many people her drawings in person, if she does it’s a means of communicating how much she like them.