Market Day in Orvieto, Italy, 72 x 90 inches, oil on canvas.
THE walls of Wright-Frierson’s home in downtown Wilmington, built in 1912, are adorned with her artwork such as a large portrait of
her son and daughter when they were kids. The front sitting room is called the Arizona room because it features only the art she
did while living in Arizona as a young
newlywed. Wright-Frierson pulls
out boxes of paintbrushes and paint
for her granddaughters, who will be visiting
soon from Seattle. They were influential in one
of her most favorite shows at the Cameron Art
Museum. Road Trip featured 140 small paint-ings
of scenes gathered from the many journeys
across country to visit the grandchildren. One
is of overpasses in California, another is of Zion
National Park in Utah. Another fun series is called
Lived in Bodies, celebrating women over 65.
“Art is essential, maybe now more than ever,”
Wright-Frierson says. “Art can help to heal and
inspire. So many people I know have now retired
from their careers, I hope to keep creating as long
as I live. There are so many needs and ideas and
such beauty in this world.”
58 august 2022
Coming Storm, 16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas.