Born in Birmingham and studying Art and Design at Redditch College of Art, Wendy then went on to attend Birmingham University gaining a BA hons Degree in Fine Art & Textile Design.
Although abstract, the composition of Wendy’s pieces is very 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 whilst including her signature small and large dots. These are said to be a representation of Wendy and other people who are close to her.
The finishing touch sees a glass-like resin coating applied to the piece. This enhances both the colour and the deliberate imperfections within the surface of her work, creating a brilliant finish.
It’s this depth of colour, composition and form in Wendy’s work that represents emotions. They are not only her emotions and feelings, but also events that she has experienced, past and present.
Seeking inspiration from her surroundings and her own personal life experiences, Wendy’s painting style and method is instantly recognisable
“My work stems from a love and passion for texture and colour, the strong movement of colour, line and space on the canvas draws the viewer in, into a “ Dreams Journey” my journey through very moving, powerful images.”
“The depth and richness of colours, composition and form in my work represents emotions, not only my emotions and feelings, things that have happened to me past and present, but also feelings and situations that all of us can relate to at some point in our lives.”
Wendy has always been influenced by the great Impressionist artist, Claude Monet for his mesmerising palette, which achieves the seemingly impossible by conveying strength and softness as one. She also finds the bold confidence of Mark Rothko and the beautiful texture and patterns of Gustav Klimt a constant source of inspiration.
Wendy lives in Lancashire with her 2 cats and husband, fellow artist Rob Hefferan. www.robhefferan.net