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Wendy invites you to visit her studio
on Wednesdays,Thursdays & Fridays
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
9 East Main Street
Belgrade, Montana 59714
Private appointments always available.
Contact me at 406-600-0500
or by email : email@example.com
Born into an artistic family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wendy grew up exposed to the works of great masters in her home and at her mother’s gallery. She progressed to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and graduated with a BFA from the University of Arizona.
At 40 years old, she decided to continue her education through workshops in faux finishing, furniture and mural painting. Her art flourished and found its way into hotels, homes and businesses throughout central New Hampshire.
In 2006, after moving to Montana with her husband, two daughters, and assorted dogs, Wendy has grown into a prolific artist creating canvases in oil, and teaching art classes as well. She now creates paintings in her extraordinary studio and gallery, located in the one hundred year old Belgrade Bank building. She is happiest when she is working amidst the beams of Montana sunshine coming through the big picture windows, beautiful music playing, and her colorful paintings surrounding her as they hang on the exposed brick walls...and, perhaps a dog or two by her side.
My artistic influences started from the time I was a child growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Every morning I walked down to breakfast past the art of masters like Picasso and Alexander Calder that lined the walls of the stairway in our home. I studied the Edward Hopper paintings, among many others in my mother’s gallery. Georgia O’Keeffe, Hieronymus Bosch, and Salvador Dali showed me what different statements art could make. The Hudson River School artists taught me about how to paint the light and magnificence of this earth.
When I discover an ancient truck, a barn, or an old grain bin, I dream about the history, or family story that lies within its old bones. I wonder about the homesteader who built that cabin with his bare hands, or the men in the factory who assembled that 1938 GMC pickup for the farmer to haul hay in. To me, these machines and structures are as much a part of the Montana landscape as the crops in the field. These ancient vehicles and historic structures represent man and his connection to the land.
I am fascinated by the animals of the farm and ranch as well. I love to observe the rhythms of nature every spring when the calves arrive and the crops are planted. I know this cycle has happened for generations. These creatures are part of the landscape too. Through the subject matter I choose to paint, I tell the story of past and present rural Montana.
My eyes never stop panning the landscape for a subject to paint. As I compose a painting, I often borrow elements from different scenes to satisfy my own aesthetic. My graphic design education influences the way I build my compositions. Though I paint old objects in the landscape, my goal is to create art that is contemporary. I paint scenes when the light is low in the sky because this is when strong contrasts appear. Light and shadow give shape to my subjects and depth to the land. My faux finishing background influences the way I mix colors and create luminosity with layers of glazes. I also put a lot of emphasis on the way I build skies and clouds in layers to create depth. As of late, I have been concentrating on the details of the trucks with their rusted texture of weathered metal and the patina of old paint.
When you look at my paintings, I invite you to feel the heat of the Montana sun on your back. See the intensity of color and light that is unique to this climate. I want you to be able to sit in front of my work and savor this distinct time; feel a sense of place…a place that you want to linger in again and again.
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