My name is The Fran and I am a Dutch collage artist who loves to play with colour, composition and botanical shapes.

I love cutting up my work, literally ‘ending’ it, to make something new. Every new collage brings together earlier work in unexpected ways.

I am continuously exercising attachment and detachment as I subsequently create art and destroy it. It’s like my own circle of art.

If you would like to contact me, please send an e-mail to francine @ francineorsel . nl

bearing fruit in catalonia: the art harvest!


I make Indian ink drawings, oil paintings, and watercolour drawings that I cut up and turn into mixed media collages. At the moment I am also experimenting with making wooden fretwork and fabric collages. Because of my ‘art bursts’ I usually end up with 9 or more artworks around the same theme or colour scheme.

Read more about my artistic practice:
My signature style and how I found it
How to find your signature style as an artist
Authenticity and connection: the art of letting go
Art talk: how I make art behind the scenes


Part of online group show ‘Moving Forward’
Online solo exhibition ‘Bearing Fruit in Catalonia’
Solo exhibition ‘Majorelle Universe’ part of the Eindhoven Maker Faire, Eindhoven, The Neterlands (September)
Summer art residency El Turros, Olot, Catalonia (July-August)
Part of group show ‘Meet the maker’, Uit je kunst, Woerden, The Netherlands (June)
Evening solo exhibition ‘Hortus by Night’, Gruyter Fabriek Den Bosch, The Netherlands (May)
Art lessons by Wycher Noord, Den Bosch, The Netherlands

ink drawings tucson inspired by photographs by Robert de Garde the fran new art 2020
about my work - the fran visual artist 2020
about my work - the fran visual artist 2020


From May until November 2020 I worked in a huge art studio near the city centre of Den Bosch, The Netherlands.

More about my first studio…

In December 2020 I moved to a smaller studio on the outskirts of town.

More about my second studio…

Little did I know that we would move away from the city to buy our very first own house with so much space I could easily fit a home studio in one of the spacious rooms! So as from April 2021 I work from home.

More about my home studio… (coming soon)

about my work place
about my work place
about my work place

Once a year I take a creative retreat somewhere in Europe. Unfortunately, because of COVID I had to cancel my art retreats in 2020 and 2021.

In 2019 I painted the 2020 summer art collection in Catalonia while staying at an old ‘hacienda’ located on the slope of a hill in the country side near Olot. Sounds romantic right? Let me just say: I am not build for temperatures above 27 degrees Celcius. So I was very happy when I got home.

More about my artist residency in Catalonia… (in Dutch)

l'estartit cactus spanje 2019
schildervakantie spanje 2019 atelier
schildervakantie atelier el turros spanje 2019


My ultimate dream is to one day have a cottage in the Northwestern Scottish region of Wester Ross. My plan is to build an art studio next to it and create a great garden in front with a tea house. I am planning to join the North Coast 500 artistic community and I am looking forward to inspiring collaborations with other Scottish artists and makers.

More about Scotland…

But first there are some other dreams waiting to come true: my husband and I have bought our very first own house in a tiny village near the city of Den Bosch. I am very excited about decorating it, designing our own gallery wall and furnish my home studio for sewing fabric collages.