Framst relaxes with art
Her own children are a real inspiration for much of her work.
But artist Wendy Framst also finds that painting is a way to relax and unwind from the daily challenges of her career, one that presently has her employed with the Ministry of Children and Families.
“Painting and inspiring others to paint rejuvenates me and provides a personal therapy,” she says on her website. Indeed, two “beach paintings” completed over the past two years show young children enjoying a day of adventure at the beach. The paintings are inspired by and dedicated to her children and while the backdrop may seem fanciful, there are details like the sand, sea, sunset – and shells in the foreground – so realistic you feel as if you are standing in that very spot on the sandy beach, watching the children play.
“These beach paintings are quite a departure from the ones I usually do,” said Framst.
And they may be very different from ones she will create after returning from her trip to Italy this month. “I think I’ll probably get lots of inspiration from my visit there. So I’m really looking forward to it.”
Framst is known for her vibrant floral watercolours and her portraiture. She’s been drawing and painting all her life but took it up seriously when she become a wife and mother.
Her first published paintings are illustrations for the children’s book Feathers written by Louise Framst. To further her artistic horizons, Framst has attended workshops and also given instruction in watercolour techniques at Two Rivers Gallery. She has exhibited her work at shows around Prince George and the province.