Frances Hahn studied English Literature and Art History at McGill University before teaching for a year in Italy where she fell in love with design. A graduate of Environmental Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Frances worked in architectural offices from 2003-2012, on large scale commercial and broadcast design.
Currently, Frances teaches at OCADU in Environmental Design and consults with Art Not Shame, a non-profit arts education initiative. She is a partner in Necessary Arts Company, a creative co-working space in downtown Guelph, where she paints. Her artwork is in private collections across Canada, the US and UK and part of the public collection of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Frances explores the often contradictory emotions of aging, alongside play and rebellion. How to show levity and prettiness, as well as remorse and longing? Why is play reserved for youth? Can rebellion be polite? And how does etiquette script when and where it is appropriate to be playful? In response, she paints moments to wish for, or a mixed up snapshot of future memory.