Local artist shares her heart through art at farmers market
Art has played several roles throughout Frances Waddell's life. It was a pastime in her childhood; a creative tool during her recovery from alcoholism when she was a young adult; and now, it's become her day job.
This is Waddell's first year as a vendor at the Mount Hood Farmers Market. She took a brief hiatus from art until last July. Now, her ink and watercolor artwork can be purchased from 3-7 p.m. every Friday at the 38600 Proctor Blvd., Sandy, market.
"I probably started making art around 5 years old," Waddell noted. "My mom was an artist, so she wanted to throw paint brushes in my hands at a young age."
Waddell's art is very representative of not only the things she's passionate about, but also her background as a fish and wildlife expert. Many of her ink drawings feature an anatomical heart filled or compiled with items Waddell loves.
Others are intricately patterned pieces of wildlife.
"I like the meticulous detail you can get with ink," Waddell said. "And I grew up liking anatomy and plant identification books."
Waddell moved to Sandy in 2012, and appreciates how supportive the community is of the arts.
"I remember going into AntFarm and it was really welcoming," she noted. Waddell's first art show was held at the Proctor Boulevard cafe this past March.
"Everyone here is really nice," Waddell said of her decision to join the market. "This community is very supportive and open, and I like to support my local community. I do most of my shopping in Sandy, (and) I like to see what people are doing right down the road from me."
Waddell's prints range in price from $4 to $85, and she does all of her printing locally with Cool Printing in Sandy.
"I try to make (my art) approachable," she noted. "I think everyone should be able to afford art."
Waddell's art can be viewed online on Instagram under the name frances_waddell_art or on her website at franceswaddellart.bigcartel.com.