Southwest artist Wendy Wells-Bailey is known for her sweeping lines and bold colors creating mythological imagery of the subconscious. Although her early work depicted lyrical landscapes, Wendy soon discovered the challenge of the inner landscape of the mind. It has become her signature style as she explores the depths of the land and cultures of North America.
Wendy is one of a group of artists who attended the London Art Academy who were influenced by the Fauvists, Cubists, and Futurists of the early 20th century. These artists, Matisse, Derain, Braque, Duffy, among others created exciting and vibrantly colored works of art. Wendy has been further influenced by Art Deco artists such as Tamara de Lempicka and the Arts & Crafts Movement architects Mary Jane Colter and Frank Lloyd Wright. Wendy attended the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture for a short time. The influence of their style and color combined with her love for Meso-American and Southwest American art and culture has become her signature style.
Wendy’s original artworks can be found in collector’s homes and offices throughout the US and Canada. Her works have been featured on television and on the walls of the Senate offices in Washington D.C., Marriott Hotels, Mayo Clinic, Sky Harbor International Airport Phoenix, Arizona and many corporate offices. She has also been a regular monthly guest on Phoenix Channel 3 “Good Morning Arizona” show. Wendy is the original signature artist for “The Trail of Painted Ponies” and has two ponies currently in collectable circulation “Sky Rider” and Phoenix airport exclusive “Phoenix Pony.” Her work is also part of the Smithsonian permanent collection of American Women Artists, which includes the work of Georgia O’Keefe and Emily Carr.
Wendy’s professional career has taken her throughout North America. She found herself particularly drawn to the great Southwestern desert regions, spending much of her time visiting with the Native Peoples, learning their Lifeways and traditions and eventually settling there as a professional artist. Wendy now makes her permanent home in the sunny wine country of the Southern Okanagan.