Wendy was born in Birmingham and attended Birmingham University where she gained her BA Hons Degree in Fine Art and Textile Design.
Wendy is a rising star on the Contemporary Art Scene. Her work is collected by high profile celebrities and she has an international following, alongside a worldwide collector base. She supplies the corporate industry which includes high end hotels, apartments, restaurants and bars.Wendy’s style and method is instantly recognisable, with paintings that resonate with the beauty and history of impressionism, yet they speak with the contemporary voice and structure of abstraction. Seeking inspiration from her natural surroundings and her own personal life experiences, the composition of her works are well considered; with colours and shapes meticulously planned out long before she actually starts painting.
She creates highly textured surfaces by layering oil, water-based paint, and mixed media and -although abstract-every brushstroke has its part to play in the tapestry of shimmering colour that conveys a sense of effervescent spirituality. She is a colour alchemist, using textures and shapes to present an almost ethereal depiction of light, colour and energy. The finishing touch sees a glass-like resin coating applied to the piece. This enhances the colour and the deliberate imperfections within the surface of her work, creating a brilliant finish.Q: How do you begin to select a colour palette when working on non-commissioned work?A: My love for colour is immense, and I very often call myself a bit off a colour-holic, as if I could I would love to eat the delicious, beautiful colours that I mix to paint with. I have another very strong love and passion as well as my art and that is for gardening and flowers. They are a massive influence in my work, not only for their beautiful form but for all their amazing colours. I very much use the philosophy that “Colour in Nature is Never Wrong”Therefore, when it comes to a new collection off work choosing a colour palette/theme is never that difficult for me as there are always an abundance of new tones / schemes to work with.
My garden is full of colour throughout every season and gives me new ideas. “Colour is all around us, every day, but sometimes we are all so busy that we don’t see the beauty that nature gives us”Q: When did you start introducing natural materials such as leaves, wood and pine cones into your work? A: Texture has always been a highly important part in my art, all through Art College as well as at university studying textiles and fine art. Being taught techniques to create different surfaces was always my most enjoyable part. I am a very tactile person and love to feel the texture off things, whether it be an original painting, a fabric, the bark of a tree or simply just the smooth beautiful finish off natural stone and marble. I am continuously thinking about new textures as I strongly believe that though in many galleries it is forbidden to touch the artwork I want the viewer to see and touch what I paint. It is a huge compliment to me for the viewer to want to touch my artwork and feel those deliberate little imperfections within the surface of my work. Therefore, introducing organic features such as leaves, crushed metal foils and cold-water stones to introduce nature just adds that special touch and makes my work unique to me.
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