About FRancine

A little bit more

Artist Artist

I am a painter, illustrator and graphic designer. I make and sell my art through my ETSY shop at www.DemarcationLines.etsy.com.   

Educator Educator

I love teaching and have been working in museum education, high schools, running private workshops and giving professional feedback on manuscripts for over nine years.

Writer Writer

Writing is my passion. I am currently working on my second novel, collection of short stories and an adult picture book. If you have time check out Patreon and help fund my writing life.

Thoughts on life and writing

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21 Aug 2017

My ode to the beauty of solitude

My ode to the beauty of solitude

I am constantly composing in my mind. Sentences. Images. Fitting stories together in the quiet of my skull. If you’ve ever wondered why I like to be alone all the time it’s because when I am alone I can think. And thinking to me is like what water is to our bodies. It keeps me […]

29 Jul 2017

Publication: Artist in Residence

Publication: Artist in Residence

Hello! In February and March of this year I was an artist is residence in a Cree community in northern Quebec and part of The Mikw Chiyâm program. I had an awesome time and am looking forward to my next residency this upcoming year. This program is great and does so much more than teach students how […]

19 Jul 2017

What I write about—

So I have come to a conclusion. Or maybe an epiphany. Or maybe a realization. I don’t know. One of those things for sure. I write about one thing. Over and over again. Different characters. Different angles. But always at the heart the same. Choices. People faced with the moments in life when you have […]

19 Jun 2017

Publication: Serialized Short Story!

Hey everyone! So recently Joyland Magazine published my short story Complex 2675 in a series of four serialized issues. Ya. It was super cool. I did the illustrations for all four issues. So if you have some time and want to read a story about people living a day filled with the magic of choice […]

1 Jun 2017

Publication: Royal BC Museum’s magazine ‘Curious’

I was the guest editor for the 2017 spring issue of the Royal BC Museum’s magazine Curious. This issue was focusing on the museum through the lens of Indigenous visitors. I sent out a call in early winter and the response was incredible. I got so many insightful submissions that I had no problem putting […]

People are saying...

  • Creative Teaching

    “Francine has shown a great commitment to the training and development of  young Aboriginal students. Francine has a real compassion for students and tries her best to encourage them to follow their dreams and to pursue their education. Her cross-cultural skills, sensitivity and intuitiveness create a high level of trust amongst those she encounters which are valuable skills in creative writing and creative teaching environments, and are exceptionally important when dealing with sensitive social or political issues.” (Pam Brown, Curator Pacific Northwest Coast and Native Youth Program director at UBC Museum of Anthropology)

    - Creative Teaching
  • Creative Teaching

    It’s a pleasure to watch Francine interact with high school students. She is able to motivate students, even when from the outside it looks like there is no interest.” (Jill Baird, UBC Museum of Anthropology Education and Public Programs)

    - Creative Teaching
  • 2822 a novel

    “Excellent flow to the narrative, true literature (would like to read the novel!), strong emotional punch, unique (and important) subject matter.” (Jury comment, 2014 Our Story: Aboriginal Arts and Writing Challenge.)

    - 2822 a novel
  • 2822 a novel

    “It’s not often that I’m surprised by historical writing. But I wasn’t familiar at all with the forced sterilization that took place in Alberta and BC in particular. Kudos for Francine for shining a light on this horrific practice.” (Jury comment, 2014 Our Story: Aboriginal Arts and Writing.)

    - 2822 a novel