One of the strongest motivators that drives an artist to create, is the impulse to express and capture the emotional truth to 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 art-ist’s abstract works were created in this studio space until July 2018, when she moved to a new location designated as a combined working studio and commercial space. In collaboration with her daughter, Artist Generations was launched, a company that features their individual art work on a collection of lifestyle clothing pieces as wearable art.
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, Ire-land. 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 Wendy Fee Studio Art 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 col-ours in nature, with sunsets and water a constant source of fascination.
Since 2015, living aboard a boat for months at a time has inspired her subject matter as well the need to develop alternative techniques with both paint and substrates. Onboard materials include a roll of polyester canvas as well as Yupo and Terraskin papers that are portable and eas-ily stretched and mounted back home in her studio. These substrates are chosen for their prop-erties of sustainability and working surface that enable a variety of effects.
Wendy’s ongoing goal is to communicate the restorative power of nature to rebuild tired brains and heal them, based on the knowledge that neuroscientists are currently in the process of ex-amining this concept. Richard Fernandes, the former executive coach at Google speaks to hav-ing an internet compass, and the need to balance the capabilities that technology offers with qualities of the lives that we live offline, words that resonate deeply with her.
Texture and colour best describe her signature style. When working on canvas she begins by creating texture with a variety of rice papers or by laying down acrylic mediums with a spatula to create form and shape. Some pieces will be overlaid with washes of fluid acrylics, while other paintings are completed with spatula only, working through the process of building up and scraping down the many layers of paint.
Wendy has taken many studio classes and workshops in Canada and the U.S. In 2010 she was exposed to the work of Alvaro Castagnet in Europe and inspired by his bold and expressive ap-proach to watercolour, seizing the opportunity to paint with him on two additional occasions. Since 2015 Wendy has been participating in a mentoring session with Katherine Chang Liu, a much sought after artist, juror and teacher throughout the United States. The daily routine of creating amongst a group of artists with Katherine leading discussions about art and life pro-vides her with the support and clarity to take her art in the next direction each year.
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 in September 2016, Wendy showcased Escape! Abstract Explorations of Land, Sea & Sky. This 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. One of her mixed-media art pieces was selected for publica-ion September 2016 in Incite 4:Relax.Restore.Renew as well as a variety of her works having placed in various online gallery contests in 2017. In 2018 Wendy was selected as a member artist for Circle Foundation for the Arts in addition to having her works featured in Art-Tour International Magazine Winter 2018. A new body of work was presented in October 2018 at her exhibition in Montreal entitled “SANCTUARY was ”. One of the artworks in the exhibit “Dash & Dive” was selected for Acrylic Works 6: Creative Energy, published in April 2019. In addition, the signature piece for the show “Sanctuary” was published in Acrylic Works 7, 2020.
Wendy approaches each new canvas with a spontaneous, undisciplined imagination and a high tolerance for uncertainty. By exploring the surrounding environment in an abstracted way, her goal is to deconstruct to the extent the meaning shifts and the viewer is invited to embrace the realms of their imagination.