Bringing Portland’s Best to You

Portland has such a vibrant art community, and we’ve chosen to showcase some of the local talent here, in Maine, through a rotating gallery in common spaces at The Francis. Each exhibit will either feature an artist or subject from Maine. 

Kerrin Parkinson

Kerrin Parkinson is an artist and illustrator living in South Portland, Maine. She loves spending time outside with her kids scoping out painting locations to create energetic sea and landscapes. Kerrin is an adventurous artist who loves working in many styles and formats, incorporating multiple techniques and approaches.

Mother Nature and specifically the ocean are often the subject of Kerrin’s artwork. She is awestruck by its beauty, strength and vulnerability.  She feels empowered to share her appreciation for the esthetics and healing powers found in nature.

Kerrin creates plein air and studio paintings with oils and acrylics in various scales. She frequently layers using impasto with both palette knife and brushwork, always trying to capture fleeting moments of mood, color and light…

Kerrin’s illustration work is mostly digital, commercial illustration.  She often creates her own hand drawn typefaces, assisting her clients in creating a completely unique brand.  Kerrin’s illustration work is characterized by bold contrasts and saturated colors.  Kerrin studies and experiments with design, typography and calligraphy and these artforms support and influence her illustrations.

Kerrin loves teaching and she teaches students of all ages within The Continuing Studies Program at Maine College of Art.


What People Say

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Gem in Portland!

So glad we stayed at the Francis on a recent weekend getaway to Portland. The hotel is charming, the rooms are large, the service was great, and there are wonderful small touches throughout the property. The surrounding area is less touristy than near those hotels in Old Port, but we found that to be a net positive. There are a number of excellent bars and restaurants within walking distance (try Hot Suppa, Bao Bao, and The Bramhall). Would definitely stay here again.

Lovely Boutique Hotel

Accommodations were great - room was comfortable & clean. Staff was helpful & welcoming. The location was good for sightseeing - we were able to walk around Portland from there.

Perfect getaway

The Francis is a beautiful boutique hotel with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Staff went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable Rooms are very clean and unique , Bose speaker to use while taking a shower. The Francis is so conveniently located close to the downtown Portland shops and just across from a great bakery and coffee shop... this is a must stay ... we will definitely be back.

Favorite place in Portland

Great place to stay. Staff was wonderful. Clean and new accommodations. We were able to get an early check in and a late checkout via text message. I would recommend getting the Terrace if possible!!!

Super friendly staff!

Our stay was during the covid19 pandemic. The staff was super friendly and due to limited numbers of travelers, we felt like we had the place to ourselves. It feels like a hotel meets bed and breakfast. There is a lot of charm and character and it is cozy. Great beds and wonderful showers.