One of the strongest motivators that drives an artist to create, is the impulse to express and capture the emotional truth to either an idea, a place or a time. Wendy Fee’s vibrant, dynamic paintings are her response to the ever-changing landscape of natural elements that inspire her both at home and when travelling.
In 2013, Wendy became a member of The Montreal Art Centre, a community of sixty artists whose studios are located in a historic building in Griffintown, Montreal. This contemporary artist’s abstract works are created in her studio space and reflect her signature use of textures and layers using a variety of aqua media such as watercolour, inks, acrylic paints and mediums. By nature, watercolour is uncontrollable, and Wendy embraces the freedom and risk-taking of this new range of materials.
Wendy has been expressing herself artistically for over thirty years, yet the path to pursue art on a professional level has been as unpredictable and flowing as the paint that washes over her canvases.
Sketching and drawing in her formative years, after graduating high school she was accepted to Goddard College in Vermont, a “one of a kind institution of higher education with a history of creativity and chaos, invention and experimentation.” Being part of a free-spirited generation, Wendy declined the opportunity in favour of travel and experiencing “life”. Her husband of more than thirty-five years, together have since raised a wonderful family, pursued careers and have never taken opportunities and good fortune for granted.
Originally from Montreal, Wendy obtained an Executive MBA from Athabasca University in Alberta and a Postgraduate Diploma in Event Management from Fitzwilliam Institute in Dublin, Ireland. Currently residing in Bainsville, Ontario, she enjoyed a successful career as a Senior Sales and Marketing Manager in the health care industry before deciding to launch her own event planning business in 2009, Chain of Events, operating as President, Owner and Founder. When Wendy chose the name of her company, it was in the spirit of “one thing leads to another” and in 2015 launched Chain of Events Studio with enthusiasm, transitioning from the business world to pursue art on a professional level.
Wendy is an intuitive painter and shares a passion for colour, fashion, beauty and simply her joy of life. Growing up, Wendy’s family spent time outdoors, skiing in the laurentians during the winter and spending the summer months by the ocean. Wendy is drawn to the drama of the colours in nature, with sunsets and water a constant source of fascination.
“I often work in a series to express my dialogue with nature and how forms evoke emotion. Nature’s energy, light, colours and textures merit celebration and provide me with ongoing inspiration. The abstractions are developed using a glazing technique to capture the essence without rendering details, while the non-representational abstracts are constructed with layers of acrylic medium and colour washes. In all the series a limited palette is used to create unity.”
Since making the decision to pursue art on a professional level in 2015, Wendy’s debut solo show Natural Elements took place at The Montreal Art Centre, and more recently in September 2016, Wendy showcased Escape! Abstract Explorations of Land, Sea & Sky. This new body of work was inspired by four months living aboard a boat with her husband where together, they navigated the Intracoastal Waterway, crossing the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas and spending a month in the remote Berry Islands. In addition, one of her mixed-media art pieces was selected for publication September 2016 in Incite 4:Relax.Restore.Renew.
Wendy approaches each new canvas with a spontaneous, undisciplined imagination and a high tolerance for uncertainty. The unique, often whimsical art that she creates can largely be attributed to her “no fear-no rules” attitude; which she has been known to employ in her everyday life as well.