“Art at Argo’s” – Impressions of Light and Landscape


We are excited to announce that Argo & Lehne is currently showcasing the paintings of local Columbus artist, Frances McEwan Monfort.

Just a few short months ago, I was taken by Frances’s work at the Columbus Museum of Art’s fundraiser, D’Art for Art. As I was observing the submitted works, my eye was drawn to a lovely oil painting depicting a red barn situated under a large blue and clouded sky, appropriately named, “Big Sky Barn”. The painting spoke to my Midwestern roots and immediately drew me in. I was fortunate enough to speak with Frances that evening and was shocked to learn she’s only been painting for 6 years!

The Inspiration Behind the Collection

Her work indicated a more established artist. I discovered she has taken many art classes and has dabbled in photography, watercolors and pottery. However, it is oil paintings that she prefers the best and has made the medium of her focus.

Big Sky Barn

Big Sky Barn Landscape. 27″ x 27″. Sold.

The oil and acrylic paintings of Frances McEwan Monfort are landscapes, which she loves to paint because she says landscapes are beautiful and ever changing, a metaphor for life. You will notice some of the landscapes on display are located in and around the Columbus area, such as the Scioto River.

About the Artist

She always signs her paintings with her full name, Frances McEwan Monfort, because she is very proud of her maiden name, which comes from her birthplace of Scotland. For inspiration, she looks to the American Impressionists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and also loves the work of her brother, Michael McEwan, who is a well-known Columbus artist.


When she is not painting, Frances enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading a great book, taking cooking classes, traveling, and golfing. Frances is from Dublin, Ohio where she lives with her husband, Dr. David Monfort, and her Shih-poo, Maggie. She has four children and two grandchildren and is currently grounded as a homemaker.

Stop In and See the Collection

Please join us in celebrating the talent of this local artist by visiting: Impressions of Light and Landscape by Frances McEwan Monfort. Currently on display and exclusively available for purchase through August 15th at Argo & Lehne Jewelers. I hope her work captivates you as it has captivated us. To view Frances McEwan Monfort’s collection click here.