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Fran Ellisor painting at Dallas Arboretum during the Plein Air Southwest Quick Draw.

Fran Ellisor painting at Dallas Arboretum
Plein Air Southwest 2011 Quick Draw.

Painting is the way I communicate and express how I feel about the subject matter.  I want the viewer to not only see what I am seeing, but  also share an emotional response to the subject. Painting from life, capturing the light and feel of a specific location, interpreting the world in a way that will inspire others is my reward. Each day I paint fills me with great pleasure and joy and makes me look forward to the following day, so that I can paint again. My brushes and paints are the tools through which I speak:  without them, I am silent. 
  • Outdoor Painters Society - Signature Member
  • American Impressionist Society - Signature Member
  • NAPPAP - Signature Member 


  •        American Impressionist Society, M Gallery, Charleston, SC, October 2013
  •       Cumberland Society of Painters, Juried Invitational, Richland Fine Art, Nashville, Tn, October 2013
  •       Plein Air Southwest, Honorable Mention, Southwest Galleries, Dallas, Tx, Apr, 2013 & 2012 
  •       Plein Air Southwest, Artist's Choice Award, Southwest Galleries, Dallas, Tx, Apr, 2011 
  •       American Impressionist Society, Richland Fine Art, Nashville, Tn, October 2010
  •       Plein Air Southwest, Best of Show, Southwest Galleries, Dallas, Tx, Dec, 2009
  •       American Impressionist Society, Honorable Mention, Saks Gallery, Denver, Co, Oct, 2009
  •       Tweed Museum Exhibit, “Natural World Observed”  Minneapolis, Mn. Sept,, 2009
  •     * Featured Artist Exhibit  “Quiet Places”, Texas Art Gallery, Feb, 2009
  •       NAPPAP Invitational, Adam Whitney Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska, Nov, 2008
  •       8th Annual Invitational, American Impressionist Society, Hilligoss Galleries, Chicago, Ill, May,2007  
  •       Natural World Observed, Texas Art Gallery, Dallas, Tx, Feb, 2007
  •     * Solo Exhibition, "A Road Less Traveled”, Galerie Mado Chalvet   Houston, Tx, Nov, 2006
  •       Plein Air Texas, Artist’s Choice Award, Outdoor Painters Society, Victorian Gallery, April, 2006
  •       Jury's Top 50, Salon International 2006, International Museum of Contemporary Masters,
  •                  Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Tx, May 2006   
  •       Texas Art Gallery Set Price Sale and Auction, May and November , 2008, 2007 ,2006, 2005,2004
  •       7th Annual Invitational, American Impressionist Society, Rockport Center for the Arts, April 2006
  •       Natural World Observed, Elkhorn Gallery, Winter park, Colorado, June, 2006
  •       American Impressionist Society 6th Annual Juried Show, Taos, NM, May 2005
  •       Images of the Natural World, National Arts Club, New York, NY, September 2005
  •     * As We see It, Four Person Show, DaVinci's Gallery, May 2004
  •       Plein Air Paintings, Juried Invitational, Rockport Center for the Arts, Apr 2003
  •     * Alla Prima 4 Friends, Williamson Studio Gallery, Houston, Tx, Mar 2003
  •       Holiday Show and Sale, Stonewall Gallery, 2001, 2002, 2003
  •       Bosque Conservatory of Art National Juried Art Show, 2000
  •     * Bold Expressions Invitational Art exhibition, Barnwell Art center, Shreveport, La., 2000
  •     * Kingwood Annual Art Exhibition and Sale, 1997, 1996
  •       Lonestar Annual Juried Art show, 1995 (1st place), 1996
  •       Navarro Council of the Arts National Juried Art Show, 1992 (1st place), 1995
  •       Southwest Art Classic, 1992

     * Denotes solo or group exhibition with ten or more pieces by the artist in the exhibition

    Gallery Representation

    She is represented exclusively by the Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Tx.
    Contact her at her Lazy Rabbit Studio in Conroe, Tx by e-mail at

    Fran Ellisor  has been painting the landscape professionally for over twenty years.  She  spends much of her time painting outdoors on location and working from life.  Her style is a painterly realism; her strokes are confident yet spontaneous; her colors are clean and fresh.  She is an accomplished figure and portrait painter and is known for her intimate, elegant still lifes.  

    The subjects of Fran's paintings come from her life and surroundings. She has carried her paintbox from Alaska to Mexico and Guatemala, across the United States and to Spain, France, Italy and Greece.  She includes these areas from around the world in her works. 

    It's not unusual to find this Impressionist painter along one of Texas backroads or creeks, painting what she sees, expressing what she loves. The Texas landscape plays an important role in her paintings including the Hill Country,desert mountains of West Texas, and from the piney woods of East Texas to the lush tropical seaside of the Gulf Coastal areas.  You'll likely see her painting anywhere she finds beauty and interesting subjects.

    Her classic and eloquent style of painting is sure to capture your heart. Fran's paintings have won numerous awards in national as well as regional shows.  Her paintings are highly collected. She is  represented in corporate and private collections in the U. S. and abroad.

    Fran paints on location outdoors or from life about half of the time.  These paintings  will be denoted on this website with "en plein air" meaning painted to completion outdoors.  All still lifes will be denoted "alla prima" meaning they are painted from life in one session.  The remainder are  studio paintings, which are painted from studies done on location and from photos, drawings and other information. 



  •        Professional artist since 1990
  •       Demonstrator, art class and workshop instructor
  •       BBA, University of Houston, post-baccalaureate fine art studies at North Harris College