By nature, watercolour is unpredictable and uncontrollable. This  aspect of the medium appeals to me because when I create, following rules is low on my list of priorities. Today, aqua media  combines watercolour, inks, acrylic paints and mediums. I embrace the freedom and risk-taking of this new range of materials and I am excited to start the process with each new blank canvas.

 

I begin by laying down acrylic mediums with a spatula to create texture. With a large brush I apply washes of fluid acrylics, looking for patterns to reveal themselves. The process of building up, altering and frequently destroying in the sink by scrubbing down, allows the painting to develop a life and momentum of its own. I often work on three to four pieces simultaneously using a limited palette to unify them.

 

I respond to colours and textures in nature and create works that move between abstraction, painting the essence of the subject rather than the detail, to a more non-representational, abstract style.

 

 “ Reality leaves a lot to the imagination “

          John Lennon

 

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. Recently, she and her husband have had the opportunity to spend more time on the water, living aboard and navigating the Intracoastal Waterway and islands of the Bahamas. When she learned that neuroscientists are currently in the process of studying the power of nature to heal tired brains and restore them, it resonated strongly with her. Richard Fernandez, a former executive coach at Google speaks to having an internet compass, and the need to balance the capabilities that technology offers with the qualities of the lives that we live offline.  Her recent works offer her reflections on this philosophy in addition to  nature's healing capabilities.

Wendy approaches each new canvas with a sponstaneous ,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.

 

 

 

 

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