Painting are the products of imagination whose language is feeling and form. My paintings describe an interior theatre where the relationship of energy to limitation unfolds in a drama that is primarily optical. The work references the natural world filtered through the lens of the marvelous and invites the viewers' participation and interpretation.... a task ideally suited to painting. - Frances McCormack, 2020
Frances McCormack was born in Boston and received her MFA from the University of California at Berkeley. She is Professor Emerita at the San Francisco Art Institute. McCormack was the recipient of the first SFAI faculty residency at the American Academy in Rome, three Buck Foundation individual artists grants and residencies at Djerassi in Woodside CA and Willapa AiR in Oysterville WA.
In 2010 McCormack curated "Silence, Cunning and Exile" for the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. She collaborated with the San Francisco based composer Kurt Rohde and the writer Sue Moon, creating the video of their performance titled "Artifacts". "Artifacts" premiered in San Francisco in September 2012 and was performed at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in 2016.