For more than 30 years, Frances Paley has been exploring various media. Her work has evolved from early investigations in sculpture using machine technology to large-format black and white photography and on to airbrushed watercolor and pen and ink drawings in the 1980s.
Over the past decade, Paley has integrated computer techniques into her photographic processes to alter and enhance the color of her images. An Iris printer then produces fine art prints.
Most recently, she has developed a body of work focused on figures, architecture and animals that embody the romantic, mysterious and surreal. These large-scale images are the subject of the recent exhibition at the Iowa State University College of Design. This work has been shown at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, the Benham Gallery in Seattle, Washington, and the Martin Chombi Photographic Archive in Cuzco, Peru. Acquisitions include the Polk Museum of Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Centre Historique des Archives Nationales in Paris, Frances, as well as various private and corporate collections.
Paley has a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts degree in psychotherapy from Goddard College. She held a faculty position and administrative post at Rochester Institute of Technology.