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Artist Frances Obie


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Biography


Frances grew up in West Vancouver, B.C., lived for years in Ontario and now calls Fort St John  B.C., home. At an early age she gained an interest in drawing from her father who was a cartographer/painter and her mother, an art teacher. Apart from these early influences, she is largely self taught.Skies and the atmosphere are predominant in Frances's landscapes for a reason. To her, there is more to the sky than just weather and clouds - "Looking up, I find emotions and ideas which translate into either recognizable landscapes or abstractions where minimal form is represented and thoughts and memories become colour and composition." She has traveled extensively across Canada and the US collecting material for her work, often taking hundreds of photos enroute, from the back of a motorcycle or while flying. These photos are used later, along with recollections and imagination to create paintings in pastel or acrylics. Frances has won numerous awards for her work and has achieved Master Pastelist designation through Pastel Artists Canada. She has participated in group and solo shows, locally and nationally. Her most recent solo show, "Sky High", was exhibited at Peace Gallery North, Fort St John in 2020. Her work is enjoyed by private collectors throughout the country.
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