Atmospheric Transitional Landscapes
I am very much taken with landscapes. My goal is to convey the essence of a landscape, while eliminating much of its detail; similar to that first impression, or the large shapes you see when your eyes are half open. I am interested in structure, gesture, color and sequence of color. Of interest is the development of a composition, or, how the canvas is divided. Where does the viewer enter, and explore? There is a certain amount of structure in and behind my paintings, which is built up in layers. This grid-like structure symbolizes to me, the organization and order we find in nature - everything is connected.
In 2002 Wendy rented a studio in the RAD, having been away from fine art since since college - about 23 years. It took an entire year of working, painting, experimenting, showing up about every day, before she liked one single painting. One. But that's all it took. She has been a full-time artist for the past 16 years. The beauty of WNC, the NC/SC coastline and her garden, provide much of the inspiration for her paintings.
Wendy has been an advocate for the arts for many years, through her philanthropic and volunteer efforts. She has worked as a volunteer for the RADArtists in some capacity since May 2002, and served as President of the organization from May 2011 through December 2012. Wendy served as a member of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, representing the RAD, from 2009 to July 2012, and again in 2015 to 2017. She is currently serving a three year term as a member of the Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission, which recommends to the City and County an overall policy for the continued development and sustainability of the regional riverfront.
Wendy’s work is in many private and corporate collections including Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain, the Four Seasons, Jackson Hole, WY, the Ritz Carlton, Shenzehn, China and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. Her original paintings are available through The Wells Gallery at the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, SC, and her studio in the River Arts District.
Wendy's studio is now open every Saturday, from 11-4.