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about wendy

Wendy is a contemporary landscape painter working in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada

Wendy started painting alleys in response to a deep and all encompassing grief after experiencing her mother’s death. Numb and heartsick, she would spend hours wandering back alleys looking for connection between mind and heart, as well as a reprieve from the blackness of grief.

In painting these spaces that she wandered, Wendy seeks to honour the places that had provided a burial ground for her most painful emotions. Wendy’s early work was reflexive - a bleak and grief stricken artistic reproduction of the physical space that mirrored her own reality. Stark, in black and white, devoid of joy and coloured nuance.

Wendy's landscapes have since transformed into fully saturated, bright luminous landscapes. These landscapes include alleys, street fronts, and rural buildings painted from her own source materials as well as those from digital archives. The spaces that Wendy paints are spaces that were loved, are still loved, captured in bright colour that is inspired by the people and places in her own life.

Wendy continues to refine her approach and process with mentorship by Canadian visual artist Marie Lannoo. This relationship started via the Canadian Artists' Representation/Le front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) Saskatchewan Mentorship Program (2017 - 2018) and continues to this day in a professional artistic capacity. After successfully completing her CARFAC mentorship, Wendy was selected as one of the five inaugural artists with the City of Saskatoon's Artists in Place: The Bunkhouse Project (2019-2020.)


Wendy's works have been exhibited at Una Pizza + Wine (Saskatoon), Thrive Hearing Solutions (Saskatoon), Chapel Gallery (North Battleford), 330g (Saskatoon), St. Thomas Moore Gallery (Saskatoon), The Gallery at Frances Morrison Central Library (Saskatoon), and the Saskatchewan Craft Council (Saskatoon).

Wendy is represented by Alt Haus Interior Design (Saskatoon, SK) and by Esperanto Gallery (Markham, ON.)