Frances was born in Cambridge, England in 1983.  Because she has a prime interest in figurative classical style she left England to pursue a classical training in Florence at Charles. H. Cecil Studios in 2001,   Her training was for three years but she continued her association with the school by teaching there each year in the summer term from 2005 to 2011.

Frances has participated in many exhibitions including The Not the Turner Prize exhibition, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Society of Women Artists, the BP Portrait Award, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, where she has shown from 2005. And in numerous exhibitions by invitation.
In 2009 and 2013 Frances had a solo shows in Bonhams Edinburgh.

Frances now lives with her husband and two children and is busy with commission work in both portraiture and landscape. She also paints landscapes for sale.

Sight-Size Technique

Frances Bell paints from life, using the sight-size technique, over a few sittings. Whilst  she does have a studio which can accommodate visitors for sitting she is also very happy to travel to her sitters.




Finalist, Portrait Society of America 2020

Prizes Certificate of Excellence from Portrait Society of America 2019

Prizes Certificate of Excellence from Portrait Society of America 2018

Highly commended for The de Laszlo Foundation Award 2018

Highly commended for the de Laszlo Foundation Award at RBA 2017

First Prize – Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award at Royal Institute of Oil Painters 2017

The Portrait of a Woman Prize, Sheffield University 2013

Barbara Tate Award 2011

The Artist Magazine Choice Award, SWA 2011

Windsor and Newton Young Artist Award 2010

The De Laszlo Foundation Award for Portraiture 2006



Prices are decided by size of canvas and content of composition. A smaller painting with a busy composition may require more work, thus raising the price so these prices are for a straight forward painting with a simple background


24 x 20 inches £4,250
36 x 28 inches £7,235
40 x 30 inches £8,085
50 x 40 inches £11,700



This is a rough fee-guide for a single portrait. Frame, travel & accommodation expenses, and VAT are not included. For groups and non-standard sizes please ask for a quote.


I paint from life, requiring 3-5 sittings of a few hours. I am happy to travel. I will then finish the painting/drawing at my studio.I am not currently registered for VAT.



  • Andrew Wallace-Hadrill – Sidney Sussex, Cambridge
  • John Brooks – Manchester Metropolitan Uni
  • Lord Vinson of Roddam Dene
  • Gillian Gehring – Sheffield University
  • Derek Jacobi – Sky Arts
  • Sir Mark Potter – Greys Inn
  • Cressida Dick -Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police