I'll be a breast cancer survivor when I die of something else. In the meantime, I expect to be alive every day in every sense of the word.”
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, Fran feels many of us do as she did – put aside our passions for what we are told is a normal life: getting married, having children, and working our way up the corporate ladder. “Then we are gently or rudely nudged into remembering our passions and realize we have choices everyday,” says Padgett. “Don't wait. Blend your creative passions with your desires for family and life, and take the time to indulge and enjoy them all as often as possible.”
Born during a Minnesota Thanksgiving Day blizzard, she spent her childhood in the rolling farmland and wintry snows of rural Minnesota . Life then took her to Arkansas , Virginia , Kansas , California , Florida , and Texas . Scenes for many of her paintings are grounded in the farms and snows of Minnesota and Kansas , as well as the watery coast scenes of Virginia , California , Florida , and Texas .
She began art studies with teachers from the University of Central Arkansas , continuing her self-study with numerous workshops ranging from Japanese painting to traditional portraiture. A fast and prolific artist, a substantial number of her completed works are in private and corporate collections. Her paintings have been included in group shows and one-artist exhibits in Arkansas , and displayed in banks, local galleries and corporate offices both in Arkansas and in Texas . Her exhibit, Sunrise to Sunrise, the first in a series of very emotional self-portraits painted after her breast cancer diagnosis, was exhibited at J. Matthias Galleries in Houston , Texas in October 2002 for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Her one-woman exhibit, Moving On, the second in this series, was exhibited at J. Matthias Galleries in October 2003. Exhibits in 2004 have included Aunt Mike’s in the Heights, the Hilton Garden Inn Northwest, The BMW Ultimate Drive event, the Sippora Gallery, Art for Art’s Sake benefiting the Cypress Creek Museum of Fine Arts, Susan G. Komen Pasta Party Exhibit, the Bank of America Exhibit, and Circle S Vineyards.
Franís new book Breast Cancer: No One Chose This Journey, published by Bayou Publishing is now available. Her first book Breast Cancer Recovery: No One Wrote a Manual was the winner of six literary awards in 2007 including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award in Health.
Fran is a charter member of the Pearl Fincher Fine Arts Museum, a corporate sponsor of The Regional Arts Council, and for the past three years a juror for the Culture Shapers Visual Arts Contest for high school students. She is also a member of Northwest Houston Business and Professional Women, a member of the FM 1960 National Exchange Club, and a supporter of the Care, Share and Be Aware breast cancer support group at the Houston Northwest Medical Center, which recently recognized her with the 2007 Denise Veillon Memorial award.