Frances Alty-Arscott


My paintings are inspired by the rolling countryside and the sparse woodlands of Alberta. I do not paint specific scenes so much as take the elements I see and attempt to portray my impressions on the paper. The watercolour medium, enhanced by drawing technique, lends itself superbly to such interpretation. I attempt to recreate Alberta’s subtle colours with open washes and then to create tension within the work. I use juxtaposition of colour in a manner similar to colour field. I believe my use of colour has been central to the success of my work. I find watercolour an amazing medium. I love working with the physical properties of water, the dripping and the running together, trying to manipulate it to create and image. Absolute control over the water is impossible and as such, the “accident” becomes central to the work. It is a challenge to build from a good accident while staying in control and remaining within the framework of one’s style. However, I believe the spontaneity this brings to the creative process is unrivaled in other mediums.

1991 Edmonton Public Schools - Continuing Education, Edmonton, AB
1976-80 University of Alberta, B.F.A., Edmonton, AB
  Emma Lake Workshops, Emma Lake, AB

1998-Present Rowles & Company, Ltd., Edmonton, & Calgary, Alberta
2006 Scotia Place, Rowles & Company Ltd. Edmonton, Alberta
1996 “Alberta Landscape”, The Front Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1995 “Northern Shores-Waskesiu”, The Front Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1994 “Images of Alberta”, An exhibition of Recent Watercolours, Manuflife Place, Edmonton, Alberta
1994 “Alberta Wetlands and Other Recent Watercolours”, The Front Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1993 “Mountain Views”, The Front Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1992 “watches:Selections from The Art Rental Collection”, Triangle Gallery, Calgary, Alberta rolex replica
1992 “Emma Lake 91-Works on Paper”, The Front Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1991 “Selections from the Membership - The Works 1991”, Edmonton, Alberta
1991 “Chickakoo Impressions”, Oppertshauser House Gallery, Stony Plain, Alberta
  “Art for All”, The Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta
  Solo Exhibition, The Front Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1989 “Urban Impressions”, IML Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1988 “Scenes from Emma Lake and Other Recent Watercolours”, IML Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

The art work of Frances Alty-Arscott can be found in private collections throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Hong Kong. Specifically, she is represented in the corporate collections of:
Crossroads C & I
Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Alberta Blue Cross
Canada Customs & Revenue Agency
Canadian Offshore Financial Services
Carr & Smith
Concord Consulting JuneWarren Publishing
Devon CanadaInterprovincial Pipeline Company
Municipal Affairs of Alberta
Telus Communications
The City of Edmonton
University of Albert
Yellowhead County

The artwork of Frances Alty-Arscott is represented by Rowles & Company Ltd. , Alberta’s Corporate Gift & Art Gallery), in Edmonton & Calgary, Alberta Canada

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