Born in Cairo in 1942, Noëlle Francis studied first at Ravensbourne College of Art before completing her teaching training at Cardiff School of Art in 1965. She came to live and work in East Anglia in the early 1970s and has shown subsequently at many of the leading galleries in the region. She has also been a prime mover in the highly successful artist-led Harleston and Waveney Art Trail.
Francis has always been an adventurous traveller; her journeys in recent years taking her to the rainforests of Borneo and South America, as well as to India, South Africa and Australia. Many of her rich and brilliantly coloured oils and watercolours reflect the intense visual experiences provided by their seas and landscapes.
Noëlle has evolved a highly individual and very distinctive semi-abstract style; the brilliant blues and golds, greens and scarlets of her colourful palette make a powerful visual impression on the viewer.