Mother and daughter enjoy painting

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 2, 2003

Frankie Wheeler and her daughter Pati Payne have shared their intense passion for painting with each other all their lives.

Now, they get to share that love and their artwork with the Ohio University Southern campus and the entire community.

The mother and daughter duo will be displaying 34 paintings along the halls of the Collins Center at OUS from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays from now until Nov. 10.

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Primarily watercolors, their artwork shows off vibrant colors and realistic scenes depicting floral arrangements, landscapes, portraits and more.

Painting has been a huge part of both women's lives for a long, long time.

Frankie, an 80-year-old Dunbar, W.Va., resident, is a well-known local artist who has displayed her work at numerous galleries. Painting has meant a lot to her ever since she created her first work when she was in the second grade.

After meeting her future husband in a high school art class, the couple instilled their love for the art into their daughter Pati, who is now 59.

"I painted nearly all my life," Frankie said. "Pati started painting when she was just 2-years-old."

And, basically, neither woman has ever stopped.

Pati, an Ironton resident for the past 32 years, founded the Ironton Artists' Association and is still active in that group.

"My parents were a constant inspiration to me," Pati said. "They were buying me supplies, taking me to meetings, they were always supportive and encouraging."

Though this is the third time they have been able to show their works together, they agreed that it is still very special to them.

"It means a lot to us," Frankie said. "We think really alike. "

Pati agreed that it adds to the experience.

"I am so proud of her and her work," Pati said. "I love for people to be able to see it. It has always been my desire to be able to paint like her, but I don't think I will ever make it."

Because they do not make prints and they matte and frame the art themselves, each work is one of a kind.

While Frankie paints landscapes of local scenes, Pati paints flowers and has captured on canvas nearly every arrangement that she has been given.

"It makes it so much more special," she said of her flower collection that is always in bloom. "That way, they last forever."

Both still make as much time as they can to sit down with the brushes in front of an easel to let their imaginations run.

"All I know is it is something I have to do," Pati said. "If I go a few weeks without painting, I feel like something is missing from my life.

"It is nice to show, nice to sell, but really I paint because it is something I love to do, something I have to do."

Frankie agreed wholeheartedly.

"(A painting) is like your child," Frankie said. "You create it and hope people will like it. When someone cares enough to buy it, that is special."