Betsy Frahm makes realistic paintings and drawings with a catch. She uses details, texture, or exaggerated colors to convince the viewer to keep coming back. You want to find something new each time you look at it. She will manipulate the medium any way she can to get the desired effect. She will spend days if necessary just to get a shadow or texture right. For her it is all about the details. She brings dignity and whimsy to ordinary often unremarkable people, place and things.
It’s her father’s fault. At age 3 he put a crayon and at 4 a paint brush into her hand. She helped paint the porch, the furniture, and pretty much whatever needed painting. It was love at first sight. Today you can still find her painting on anything that can be painted….walls, floors, glass, furniture, murals, and the list goes on.
Realizing her talent at an early age, her parents enrolled her in classes at the Baltimore Museum of Art. After a test run at the University of Maryland, she decided that it wasn’t where she wanted to be. (A bit homesick as well.) She then attended and graduated Cum Laude from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1973. She divides her time between Baltimore and Lewes, Delaware on the Eastern Shore where she finds her greatest inspiration.
Betsy will show her work to anybody with a few minutes to spare. First, she may show you photos of her grandchildren. Then she will show you her artwork. It’s exciting to her when people mistake some of them for photos instead of paintings. She can be seen taking pictures just anywhere. Sometimes you can’t imagine what caught her eye that you missed. Visit her studio anytime and she’ll show you around and might even make you a cup of coffee.