I was born surrounded by Art and Artists. I am by my own admission a painter trying to tackle the quintessence of a landscape, the hidden but core feel and meaning that impacts upon my presence. Through my work I seek a relationship that is a combination of time spent in a landscape observing and waiting for something to appear that cannot be seen. Paint is a passionate medium that I test and explore pushing it to its raw qualities. Mixed media is always a consideration and I am constantly feeling the need to push and find new ways of visualising my work. I try to find unease within the mediums and colours that I use. The vastness and wealth of a landscape is powerful and takes time to filter to something that feels instinctive. For a detailed view of Wendy’s biography, to view some samples of her paintings and to see a full list of her solo and group exhibitions as well as other collaborations and paintings in collection please visit her dedicated website at www.wendyconnelly.com
Those that touched Yeats’ vision the most were by Wendy Connelly. She has caught the seductive mystery that drew the poet: the changing light, the shifting skies, where midnights all a glimmer and noon a purple glow / And evening full of linnets wings. But more than that, she has felt the atavistic call, the Irish soul of the otherworldly place and heard it in the deep hearts core (Sue Hubbard – Time Out)
Wendy Connelly’s work can be compared to near contemporaries such as Edward Burra and Ivon Hitchens in contributing beauty to the landscape (A. O’Hear – Modern Painters)
If painting was edible, Wendy’s work would have to be slow food. Slow painting for discerning individuals sheltering from the constant and permanent visual shelling our post-modern culture induces. Slow painting, one which resists the quick skimming, the superficial glance, but needs sustained and repeated attention. For the one who takes care and pays attention, the unknown space of the image shall become a familiar place. (Dr Guillaume Evrard – Art Historian, Edinburgh University)
Landscape painting of this calibre, does not have to be whimsically romantic and backward looking. At its best, it becomes a fusion, not only of soul and mind, but of the body and the natural world (Sue Hubbard – Time Out)
..larger than usual atmospheric studies of the Lake District which evince an increasing interest in abstraction (Iain Gale – The Independent)
Showing romantic allegiances” (Simon Morley)
Her [Wendy Connelly] small liquid watercolours remarkable for their freshness, stand up to those of her seniors [Maurice Cockrill, Maggi Hambling, William Tillyer] (Felicity Owen – Country Life)
Wendy’s dedicated website to showcase her work can be found at http://www.wendyconnelly.com.
Wendy has had several pieces of her work in collections all over the world.