From 1985 to 2000, Francine was the owner of an Antique shop on Bank Street.
For the past nine years, she has been teaching as a substitute teacher for the French Catholic School Board of Ottawa.
She was the Art Director for the Carlen Gallery of Ottawa and taught art classes to both adults and children at the gallery.
Francine is a multi-faceted artist who loves to experiment with and in any new medium.
Below are some of her activities and accomplishments as an artist.
Three Invitational Shows with "Divina and Femina" at the University of Ottawa.
"Art against War" a multi-media show at Gallery 101.
"Coat & Tails" The Fainting Couch Gallery.
"Embracing Childhood" The Fainting Couch Gallery
"Enchanted Night" The Christmas Shoppe.
Three shows at Art Court Gallery.
L'art du papier Bibliotheque municipal Gatineau.
One person show "Beautiful Body Casting" Carlen Gallery.
Francine is one of the Founders of the Canadian Doll Artist Association (to learn more, go to CDAAHistory ) She was one of the organizers of this three day, inaugural CDAA Convention, held in Ottawa for doll artist from Canada and the USA. The CDAA grew to have members from all over the world.
She was awarded two diplomas from Russia, participated in the Fourth Festival of Design for the Doll Artists in Tyumen Ekaterinburg and her sculpture was shown in the Museum of Nizhny Tagil, Russia.
Francine has taken a multitude of art classes and workshops over the years, too many to mention, here are just a few:.
A course in image transfer on clay in Montreal, Quebec.
A Raku course with the unique Mr. Lortie as the teacher in Bourget, Quebec.
She attended the Ottawa School of the Arts for sculpture and mold making classes with David Clendenning, a great sculptor and teacher.
Francine is certified as a Paverpol (new to Canada) instructor.
The Ottawa Citizen Newspaper
Le Droit, a local French newspaper
Canadian Creations magazine
Les Editions du Vermillion
One of her sculptures was on the cover of a novel, Les satins du diable.
She was featured in Capital Xtra
Here and Beyond Publishing had one of her paintings as the cover of a childrens book.
The OSCAR, a local Ottawa South paper, ran an article about the courses she gives at the Carlen Gallery.
Recently, The Ottawa Citizen ran an article on Altered Books and Scrapbooking, a course which she teaches at her studio. Ponds View Studio
CJOH Regional Contact, did an interview with Francine and featured her life size sculptures.
On the New RO she did a demonstration on body casting
Breakfast with the New RO showed her work and life size sculptures.
Rogers TV 23, French
Francine was interviewed on CBC Radio twice. They did a movie review for the Red Green movie and talked about her work and one of her art pieces, a sculpture made entirely out of duck tape (the flasher) was chosen to appear in the Red Green Movie.
She has opened her own art studio "Ponds View Art Studio" where she teaches classes to both adults and children.