Fran Carson started drawing and painting early, using her pencil to figure out how her world, its architecture, flora and fauna, was put together. She began to win awards while still in grade school and continued throughout her school years to do so. Nominated to the American Pen Women at 18, she was one of the youngest women ever to win membership.
Before and after her marriage in, she worked as a commercial artist in Baltimore. She returned to college in 1977 taking core courses at Anne Arundel Community College. She studied part time at Essex Community College, Maryland Institute College of Art, and University of MD in College Park. In 1986 she returned to college full time at University of Maryland Baltimore County graduating with Honors in 1987.
During the years in between she mentored her children’s interests, volunteered in their schools, served on the PTA Board, created stage sets and costumes for various musical fundraisers and worked as a substitute teacher. As well, she designed and made costumes for the Baltimore Ballet School Royal Academy of Dance programs and created programs for the company's young peoples concerts and dance programs.
In 1981, she joined Maryland Federation of Art Gallery in Annapolis, MD, serving on the Board of Directors and chairing various shows and fundraisers.
After graduation from UMBC in December of 1987, Fran 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. She became a resident of the State of Florida in 1993 when she became a resident of Florida.
Her first one woman show, in 1987, was at the Pasquotank Arts Council Gallery in Elizabeth City, NC. Her second was in January & February 2010 in DeLand, FL.
She and her husband have traveled extensively allowing her to visit many wonderful museums and galleries increasing her appreciation of the importance of art in our lives as well as its value as a means of communication between cultures. The need for the arts in the human soul is a common thread throughout the development of all cultures. The depth of Art’s importance becomes visible in areas of the World far more ancient than our own.
She has had a lifelong interest in architecture and has done many paintings of older buildings of interest in Annapolis and North Carolina. Her award winning painting of the Maryland State House as viewed through Chancery Lane from Main Street published in the Annapolitan Magazine in October 1988. Her large oil painting, Cypress, was published in American Artist Magazine in August 1990.
She is a Charter Member of both the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, and the Florida Committee of the National Museum for Women in the Arts in existance 2001-2010. During that decade she was the Newsletter Editor for the Central East & Central Region of the FL-NMWA and Roster Chair for the State Committee. She is a member of the Museum of Florida Art, Florida Artists Group (FLAG), and the Art League of Daytona Beach, the Maitland Art League and the Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary, FL. She is a past member of the Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 1981-2009; the Art Guild of Ponce Inlet, Ponce Inlet, FL 1992-2007; the Pasquotank Art Council, Elizabeth City, NC 1984-1998; and the National League of American Pen Women, 1963-1968. She is the founding President of the Florida Women's Arts Association, established in 2011.
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.