About the Artist

Chantelle Trainor-Matties

Chantelle Trainor-Matties, located in British Columbia is a visual artist who specializes in illustration, graphic design and painting. Trainor-Matties works for herself and does freelance and contract work for private and commercial clientele. Her work ranges from bold formline to charming cartoons to painterly realism and she has recently started to do more mural work. She participates in a variety of events such showcases, markets and trade shows and has her work displayed in multiple galleries in British Columbia.

Trainor-Matties and her husband Joshua were married in 2012 and he has always been incredibly supportive of her work and passions. A lot of her artwork is inspired by her furry companions. The couple shared a business (group) of four ferrets, Momo, Niku, Pabu and Kēki as well as a cat named Choco who have all sadly crossed the rainbow bridge over the years which has taken a huge emotional toll. They live on in her heart and work, if you would like to learn more about her furkids you can visit theferrets.ca. She has focused a lot of her work around flora and fauna particularly the weasel family, pop culture, the macabre, as well as North West Coast art deriving from her Indigenous heritage of Nisg̱a’a and Métis.

She grew up not knowing a lot of her Indigenous heritage and over the last few years she has been exploring that part of her through many pathways including art. She has had many amazing opportunities such as doing graphic design work for a variety of departments within the University of the Fraser Valley, this includes designing the Indigenous symbol for the New Student Orientation in 2019. She was also one of the artists for Nations Creations until their closure in January 2020, and had her Indigenous artwork sold on merchandise across Canada and internationally. One of her biggest accomplishments was having her design chosen for the 2019 “Pink Shirt Day” hosted by Nations Creations selling over 2500 shirts across world-wide raising over $12,500 for at risk youthThese pink shirts are now available on orangeshirtday.net and indigenouspinkshirt.com raising money for the Orange Shirt Society and at risk Indigenous youth. She lives and works on Stó:lō land and has had the pleasure of working with and listening to the stories of many of the Stó:lō people.

Some current artistic goals for Trainor-Matties besides continuing a successful practice and business are to illustrate and publish a children’s book about her ferrets and create enough pieces to have a solo show focused around the Mustlidae family.

Other places you can find her: 

Art Instagram | Personal Instagram | Art Facebook | Art Tumblr | Twitter | Patreon

What does “Frettchan Studios” Mean?

Her studio name derives from a combination of a play on the word “ferret” and her first name. Here is a quick breakdown:

The words “Frettchen”, “Frett”, “Fret(s)” mean “Ferret” in German, Norwegian/Swedish, and Dutch/Frisian(Latvian) respectively (many of which are a part of her husbands heritage) and the “e” was changed to an “a” so the “chan” could represent “Chantelle”. It’s a name that nearly comes full circle for her, her family and her practice.

To See a Complete List of Her Work Experience Please Refer to Her Curriculum Vitae