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By Wendi Weller


Original artwork

Acrylic on canvas


Image size: H:  100cm x W: 150cm

Framed size: H: 104cm x W: 154cm


Wendi is an artist who, as she puts it, 'likes to see the extraordinary in the ordinary and to embrace the beauty that surrounds us, in both chaos and stillness'.


Cordelia is one in a new series of over-sized, semi-abstract flower paintings inspired by the artist's garden as well as her love of strong Shakespearian female protagonists. Her confident use of paint, large brush marks and colour layering creates impact and vibrancy for a contemporary setting.


We chose this particular work as a centrepiece for our spring 2024 Precious Little exhibition as, ironically, it magnifies  and intensifies the joy so many of us feel in admiring our showiest garden blooms.


    Warwickshire artist, Wendi, is passionate about colour and this translates into large, semi-abstract, bold floral paintings as well as still life work.


    Working in acrylic, oil and mixed media - either on canvas, paper or board - she aims to create fresh, bright, fluid lines. She uses mark-making and texture to convey the shapes and vibrancy of flowers and vegetation in her own garden, working from her eco studio which backs onto countryside.


    What starts out as a vision, soon evolves into an abstract concept of the shape and contours relating to the colour and form.


    “I begin my paintings with washes of colour, then build up layers, always retaining some of the sweeping background brush marks and colours in the finished painting.


    “These paintings are inspired by my garden and some are named after strong Shakespearean women - independent and intelligent characters who are capable of overcoming obstacles and challenges in their lives. I feel my plants face similar challenges, with the threat of global warming and seasonal hurdles of their own.”

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