Frances Hamilton

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Frances Hamilton is a painter and book artist who does Plein Air oil painting and Book Works on paper. Her interest is in memory and the emotional resonance of place, the conjunction of real and imagined experience. Her work highlights the color and shape of porch light in summer, a sky seen through the thick leaves of a fig tree. Visits to familiar summer homes in New England provide a seasonal resource to suggest a story or the desire to cope with the stirrings of loss. In the Squam Lake Series she responds to the sound of lake water hitting a dock, the sleeve of an old blue shirt, a wet bathing suit dropped on a screen porch. Visual details attract her attention and activate memory. Painting on site in the summer stimulates an urgency which is limited by time and weather, unlike the longer contemplative winter hours spent in the studio. A collector of flea market mementos like toys, dishes, curtains, doorways, old portraits, chairs and costumes she repurposes this raw material to make paintings, books, dolls, and prints. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA and MAT, Hamilton earned an MFA at Mass Art and also studied at Skowhegan. She has received a Mass Grant for Works on Paper and has work in the collections of Fidelity, The Hallmark Collection, the de Cordova Museum, The Boston Public Library, Dana Farber and Mass General Hospital. She currently shows at Patricia Carega Gallery in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire. Her bookwork was exhibited at Room 83 Spring in Watertown in the spring of 2014.