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Wendy Marquis (Wendy Marquis Art) Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA | MT since 2006 Profession: Artist
So who’s this Wendy character? Wendy owns Wendy Marquis Art, a working studio and gallery located at 9 E Main Street (on the corner of Main and Broadway) here in Belgrade. She specializes in oil paintings on canvas and teaches art classes for beginners of all ages. Wendy describes her work as “a contemporary interpretation of old pickup trucks, landscapes, farm and ranch animals, grain bins, barns, and other iconic rural Western scenery, but with a modern vibe.” Some of her art is currently on display at Theory Hair Salon, a venue known for its cutting-edge (no pun intended) style and decor.
Tell me more... Raised in an artistic family -- her mother owned a gallery and her father reconstructed smiles for a living -- Wendy trained in the arts at both the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the University of Arizona, where she graduated with a BFA. Eager to learn more while living in New Hampshire, she pursued workshops in faux finishing, furniture and mural painting. As a faux finisher and muralist, Wendy found herself either carrying or standing on a ladder 6 days a week. Each new job site presented another challenge…(cough)...opportunity to prove herself in a male-dominated field.
Why Montana? Wendy and her hubby moved their two daughters and assorted dogs out here for his work in 2006. Ready for the next evolution in her art, Wendy decided to focus on painting, particularly oil on canvas.
“Typical” days and “finished” paintings In a perfect world, Wendy paints for a couple of hours before working on marketing, planning classes and interacting with the public. In reality, her workflow changes seasonally. With the exception of the holidays, winter lends itself well to more time spent exploring composition and color palettes (her favorite colors are warm and burnt oranges). So how does she know when a painting is done? Laughing, she admits that “It’s never finished.” On the other hand, she has overworked paintings. Ask her which painting in the gallery still drives her a little nuts and she may just tell you. Wendy considers art “a puzzle to solve and put together, which is a really fun challenge.” She mixes and matches pictures of old trucks and rural landscapes, for example, until she finds a compelling combo to recreate on canvas. When she’s not painting, she’s likely adventuring with her dogs. Art is for everyone Wendy firmly believes everyone has artistic flair, but the mathematical, analytical thinkers tend to be harder on themselves. That’s why her classes emphasize breaking the creative process down into simple, doable steps. “It’s not a fine art class, it’s a fun art class!”
Writer,Keiley McGregor would rather read than write. She enjoys dirty chais, cold beers and no humidity. You’ll probably see her being dragged around town by her huskies and/or tricked into doing something epic by her Special Man Friend. She takes full responsibility for any and all mistakes in her writing unless you point them out to her in person.