Visual Art and Graphic Narratives
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I am a painter, illustrator and graphic designer. I make and sell my art through my ETSY shop at www.DemarcationLines.etsy.com.
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.
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
Every end of year I usually put some time aside and really think about my goals for the upcoming year. I write them out all fancy, stick them to the wall above my desk and as the year passes get increasingly depressed and worried because I am slowly failing them. So this year I am […]
I am guest editing the spring edition of the Royal British Columbia Museum’s magazine, Curious and I am looking for submissions from BC First Nations Community members for this issue which will look at the RBCM through a First Nations lens. Please send me an email by January 15, 2017 if you’re interested in contributing. Cunningham.email@example.com. I […]
I have recently reviewed two books for Prism Literary Magazine. They were my first books reviews, ever, other than what I do here on my blog. I love reading, as many of you know, and getting the chance to put into coherent thought why I like a book and what intrigues me about a book, […]
Hey! It’s me! I am blogging again. Hopefully. So this summer has been pretty OK. I went on a trip to Montreal, my first visit to the city and the province of Quebec. I was there for some training for my trip up north to a Cree community as an artist in residence for January […]
So this year has been terrible for me reading wise. I am no where close to my #95books challenge, like I’m talking I’m only at 20 (!!!!). There are only a few months left in the year and I will endeavour to read hopefully ten more but still, that will make this the worst reading […]
People are saying...
“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
“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
“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
“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