Dreams were often the inspiration for Adrienne Williams’ paintings. A landscape artist, she regarded herself as a “spontaneous” painter, working from nature or relying on her intimate knowledge of the Rocky Mountains area near Jasper, Alberta.
One of Adrienne’s dreams led to a children’s book… It began as one painting of Annabelle, a rag doll, accompanied by her grand-daughter Chelsea, but inspiration led her to a series of eight oil paintings completed in 1991.
The following year Adrienne began writing the children’s story Annabelle’s Wish and promptly sent to a New York publisher who suggested she wait before she printed it. And she did, until 2010, when one evening she decided to pursue the printing of the book. Susie, her daughter, undertook the project and after discussing the book with the Writer’s Guild of Alberta, discovered that she could get the book ready for printing. In 2015 the first shipment of book arrived.
The next process was stretching the paintings and framing them. The largest paintings were 35″x29″ and the smallest 18″x22″! All paintings were donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Edmonton where they are now hanging in a beautiful staircase on the way to the families accommodations. Copies of Annabelle’s Wish were also donated to the library on the main floor.
Adrienne’s legacy was to donate the paintings and the book to a children’s charity. She passed through the Stollery Children’s Hospital many times on her way to her own treatments and she became interested in the children who were often hospitalized there. It was then she realized that the paintings belonged with the children of the Ronald McDonald House.
Every time a family heads down the staircase they can think of Adrienne’s kindness. Adrienne passed away this year at the age of 89.
Written by Susie, Adrienne’s daughter