For many years Wendy worked with horses in the UK, Europe and South America, and since childhood longed to depict them in art.
Wendy has enjoyed intermittent periods of painting in various media over the years but it is only recently that she discovered the excitement and challenge of creating detailed tonal drawings of the horse.
Having worked with them it is natural for me to be able to understand and portray their character, spirit, movement and impulsion. Indeed, I can ‘feel’ the horses as I draw.
In recent years she has enjoyed many riding expeditions all over the world, particularly in Argentina and Chile, which have inspired some of her work.
Wendy uses a mixture of graphite, charcoal, chalk, coloured pencil and pastel, working on either white, smooth Mellotex paper, Bristol board or tinted pastel paper. This latter allows her to include additional tones. Each piece takes many hours to complete and entails applying several layers to achieve the tonal variations. Each layer is blended and shaded with a selection of tortillons, blenders, felt squares, chamois and soft paper before applying the next layer.
Wendy's drawing is greatly influenced by the work of Mike Sibley, whose detailed graphite pencil work is second to none, especially his portrayals of dogs.
Occasionally she embarks on larger works using acrylics or water colour with broad brush strokes, emphasising movement and colour, ignoring detail.