Francine is known as "The Twig Diva" for her many folk art twig creations. Each piece of work is hand painted and complemented with red dogwood twigs, crape myrtle branches, chestnut twigs, dried leaves, seed pods, dried fruit, pine cones or natural raffia. Her twig creations include hand painted checkerboard tables, chalk boards, mirror frames, bird feeders, bird houses and serving trays. Francine uses various types of wood planks that include Northern White Cedar, Ash, Walnut, Brazilian Tiger Wood, Splated Maple, Wormy Chestnut and Pennsylvania Barn Siding.
Francine also donates her twig creations to local community organizations for their fundraisers.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Francine now makes her home in Candler, North Carolina. Her other interests are gardening, travel, music, reading and cooking.
Any questions or comments, you can email Francine at: firstname.lastname@example.org or click here: Email Me
North Carolina Mountain State Fair 2012 | Fletcher, NC
~ Judges' Choice (3 Awards); First Place (10 Awards); Second Place (2 Awards) | Various Divisions
North Carolina Mountain State Fair 2011 | Fletcher, NC
~ Checkers Table | First Place and Judge’s Choice | Decorative Painting | Furniture Category
~ Christmas Countdown | First Place and Best of Show | Household-Other Category
~ Wall Hanging with Leaves and Twigs | First Place | Dried Flower Craft Category
~ Moo-rry Christmas Tray | First Place | Decorative Painting-Holiday Category
~ Christmas Card Holder | First Place | Christmas Decoration Category
~ NC Block Quilt Mirror with Twigs | Second Place | Decorative Painting-Other Category
~ Plant Seed Chalk Board | Second Place | Household Accessory Category
~ Old MacDonald Had A Farm QUEX Game Board | Third Place | Decorative Painting-General Category
~ Corn Triangle with Homegrown Grasses | First Place | Wreath, Autumn Category
~ Vegetables in Corn Basket | First Place | Vegetable Basket Category
~ Peppers in Twig Basket | First Place and Best of Show | Pepper Basket Category
North Carolina Mountain State Fair 2010 | Fletcher, NC
~ "Breakfast in Bed" (Twig Bird Feeder) | First Place and Best of Show | 2010 North Carolina Mountain State Fair | Fletcher, NC | Craft Handiwork Category
SilverArts Showcase 2011 | Asheville, NC
~"Trick or Treat" (Hand Painted Folk Art Checkerboard) | Second Place | SilverArts Showcase | Asheville, NC | May 2011 | Visual Arts - Mixed Media
~ Folk Art Exhibit | Art Gallery - First Congregational United Church of Christ, Asheville,NC | February 1-28, 2013 | Various works
~ It's A Small, Small Work Exhibit | Gallery 86, 86 Main Street, Waynesville, NC | 2012 and 2011
~ Bring Us Your Best | Juried/Judged Show | Arts Council of Henderson County, Hendersonville, NC | 2-D Folk Art | "Primitive Blessings" and "Trick or Treat" (2012) | "Fetch" and "Grow Tall" (2011 |
~ The Grove “Bark” Inn | Gingerbread Doghouse Competition | Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC | "Fetch" | December 4-7, 2011
~"Santa's Palette" | Transylvania Arts Council | November 16 to December 16, 2011
~ “Keep It Local WNC” | Juried/Judged Show | Transylvania Community Arts Center | Brevard, NC | August 15-September 9, 2011 | 2-D Folk Art Exhibit | “Hen House” and “Buzz”
~ Arts Council of Henderson County Juried Members Show @ Toe River Arts Council’s Burnsville Gallery | Burnsville, NC | April 22 – May 14, 2011 | Wall Art Exhibit | "Woodland Checkerboard”
~ Decorated Bird House Competition 2010-11 | Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC | “Primitive Blessings” (2011) and "WNC - Got Coffee?" (2010)
~ Edible Book Competition 2011 | Bookworks, Asheville, NC | "Espresso HOT!"
~ National Gingerbread Competition 2010-11 | Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC | “Gone South – Miss Birdie’s Bed and Breakfast” (2010) and "Chocolate Truffles" (2011)
~ Mail Art 2010-11 | Courtyard Gallery | Asheville, NC | "Santa's Mail Bag" (2010) and “Mail Tag” (2011)
~ The O'Neal School | Southern Pines, NC | February 2013 | "Laugh"
~ Black Mountain Garden Show Fundraiser | 2012 | "All Gardening is Landscape Painting"
~ Literary Council of Asheville Fundraiser | 2012 | "Vintage Treasures"
~ YWCA-Black & White Gala | 2012 Annual Fundraiser | "Meow-Meow-Meow"
~ WNCAP-Western North Carolina AIDS Project | 2011 Annual Fundraiser | "Joie de vivre" (2012) and “Ruby” (2011)
~ Doors of Asheville | 2011 Annual Art Auction Fundraiser | Mountain Housing Opportunities | Asheville, NC | “Pink”
~ Animal Compassion Network | 2011 Silent Auction Fundraiser | Asheville, NC | QUEX-Checkerboard
~Arts Council of Henderson County | Hendersonville, NC
~Haywood Country Arts Council | Waynesville, NC