Francis Jansen was born in 1946 in a small fishing village in the North of Holland. Her family emigrated to Australia when she was 6 years old, settling in Wollongong, N.S.W. Here she received her basic education and was highly trained in classical ballet and piano. The family relocated back to Europe when she was 18 years.
Marrying a U.N. diplomat they were stationed in Thailand for the next 6 years. Here she adopted her only child, her son Isha, gave guest lectures at Universities in Bangkok and Chieng Mai on dance and movement and performed as a singer.
In 1988 having gone to some stone quarries in curious anticipation of images she kept visioning in stone, Francis began her first extraordinary endeavor of bringing forth from the stone the visions she had seen.
Francis took up carving full-time in 1989. Francis traveled to Carrera, Italy, the quarries of the masters, and met her first large monumental stone. This monument "Transformation through Forgiveness" which took her 9 months to carve, standing 13 feet tall and weighting 12,000 pounds. CNN gave a 3 minute world wide profile on Francis and the monument in 1994. Governor Wilson of California and Governor Miller of South Dakota wrote letters of appreciation for the monument and the distinction of it's message.
Many smaller marble and bronze works amongst her 4 larger monuments, is what Francis Jansen has brought into existence as her contribution to the fine visionary sculptures of the world. Francis continues to travel the nation finding the stone that speaks to her and brings forth the visions as "Grace in Stone."