WENDY WESTLAKE


STATEMENT

I approach painting with a sense of adventure. Each canvas is an opportunity to explore relationships through shape and color. I find myself pondering how much territory a specific shape will occupy, whether it should expand or overlap a neighboring shape...will these forms meet in a strong defined way or will the edges barely touch in delicate softness? The use of color opens yet another avenue for interplay of relationship. A bold orange painted next to a companion bold red will look and feel completely different if paired next to a muted yellow. This dialogue of shape and color is one I cannot resist.

In a sense each painting is either portrait or self-portrait. How do I choose to allocate the minutes of my day? What and who are my priorities? How am I affected by those closest to me and how do I influence them in return? Each of us is being affected by, even as we in turn affect and shape the lives of others.


PROFILE

Profile


BIOGRAPHY

EDUCATION and experience

2016-2017
535 Gallery owner/curator

2014-2016
Minnesota Watercolor Society President

1992
Associate of Applied Arts, Pima Commnuity College

teaching experience

2015-PRESENT
Sessional Instructor Wet Paint, St. Paul, MN

2014-PRESENT
Sessional Instructor Crossings, Zumbrota

AWARDS AND EXHIBITS

2019
The Mill Yard, The Nature of Things

2018
Parkside Gallery / Michelle Fagan, Charterhouse

2017
Gallery 360
535 Gallery / Bonnie Cutts

2016
535 Gallery Show / Nick Sinclair
Award MNWS, (Minnesota Watercolor Society) Honorable Mention

2014
Red River Watercolor Society National Juried Exhibition
Phipps, Hudson Hospital Healing Arts

2013
Award MNWS, Honorable Mention
MNWS, Award of Merit, Spring Juried Show
Path of Light, Ten Brushes  BPAC Burnsville Performing Arts Center(now Ames Center)

2011
Award MNWS, First Honors
MN State Fair, Fine Arts, Juried Exhibition
Transparent Watercolor Society, (TWSA) Juried Exhibition
MNWS, Honorable Mention, Spring Juried Show, 2010 MN State Fair, Fine Arts, Juried Exhibition