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'I Stopped to Hear it Clear' by Frances Watts


Primarily a landscape painter, Frances Watts’ colourscapes bring the Somerset countryside to life. Frances is based in Castle Cary and paints primarily while physically outdoors, not from memory or from photography. The fact that Frances is a plein air painter influences both her method and the final outcome. She has to paint quickly and be ready to react to environmental changes such as ominous weather or the disappearance of the sun.

Frances explains, “the act of painting itself is a gestural, physical process—particularly when under time pressure! It is also a sensory experience, as a plein air painter can feel and react to the weather as it moves and changes, whilst experiencing the sounds and fragrances of the landscape at the same time.“ 

Working in oils, Frances uses a palette knife or large brush both to respond to changing conditions, working quickly, and to add texture. She achieved a BA in Fine Art from Byam Shaw School of Art in London and has also worked as an illustrator.

Oil on board in oak drop-in frame 

28 x 22 cm framed

Original works of art are carefully packaged in our studio using recycled materials wherever possible. We send all original works with Royal Mail special delivery.

*Please note that all pieces in our Summer Exhibition will be sent after the exhibition closes on the 22nd June.

'I Stopped to Hear it Clear' by Frances Watts




Artch was established in 2020 by artist Lucy Kent as an artist-led platform dedicated to promoting art with purpose.  We direct a large portion of our sales to artists and charities, challenging the traditional art market paradigm.

“We strive to dismantle art world barriers, ensuring art is accessible to all. We believe in the power of community: and that artists joining their voices collectively can affect meaningful change and have a positive impact on the world around us.’

Lucy Kent


How do I hang a new piece with works I already have?

We love mixing in new works with existing are in your collection. It can be a great way to do this as part of a gallery wall or a specific place on it’s own. Buying more contemporary work and hanging this alongside traditional work you may have inherited, is a great way of modernising a space and giving these more traditional pieces new life. Our advice would be to have a common thread that runs between the 2 pieces, that ties them together - this could be similar tones or colours, or a similar theme or subject in both the works.  

Does art make a good wedding present?

We have lots of pieces that would make brilliant wedding presents. Buying art as a gift is such a meaningful present and will forever be a talking piece for that couple, and tell a story of the people that bought them that piece and remind them of their wedding. Prints are always an easy and affordable wedding gift. Or if you want to club together with some friends and buy an original framed piece, you will definitely win the prize for most unique gift!

How do I choose a frame?

This is a very favourite topic of ours - we LOVE framing!  How you frame depends on the space you’d like to hang the piece in.  If you are hanging on a neutral wall, we love to go for a colourful frame. And using an interesting moulding, be it reeded or bobbin, is a great way of adding texture to a room.  For works on paper I love a deckled paper edge - in this case I love to float or surface mount the paper, so you can see this deckled edge and then a simple wood frame. If you are trying to make a space more contemporary, framing can be a great way to add to this, like a tray frame on a large canvas piece. I also love framing traditional art works in modern frames and vice versa; a modern little print in a really traditional old antique gilt frame.

Do you sell gift cards?

Yes we absolutely do - this is the perfect gift solution for that person who either has everything, or you just can’t choose which artwork to buy for them. A lovely gift for someone to choose exactly what they would like from our large collection of art work.


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