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Meet Wendy Stillman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Wendy Stillman.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve been making art my entire life. I always say that art is a part of my day, just like getting dressed, I have to create something to feel complete. Art is my calm time, it’s my meditation and a time for me to feel peaceful. For a long time now, i have run a successful jewelry company, carving wax and casting my designs into precious metals, using the lost wax process. I sell my Jewelry in boutique retail shops, mostly in California Beach towns. Along with my Jewelry line, i also continue to paint everyday and have begun selling art, for residential and commercial spaces. My art ranges in style from clean line abstract landscapes, to very lively figurative abstract paintings. My art reflects my love of color, design and being whimsical. I have been hugely influenced by Basquiat, Alexander Girard, Keith Haring, Richard Diebenkorn and of course Picasso.

Please tell us about your art.
I create paintings, collages and resin artworks in all sizes, usually on canvas or wood panels. I love integrating a new process like resin and adding it to a traditional painting on canvas, it can really change up the feeling of the art piece. Lately, I have been working with designers and private clients for custom commissioned artworks. When I am working on a commissioned piece of art, I stay in the borders of the clients requests, as far as colors and size, to come up with a very custom design to fit the specific space. I take architectural designs and natural light into consideration when creating these custom pieces.

Typically, I have a very fluid abstract style in most of my pieces, filled with lots of colors, shapes and figures. The figures that appear in my paintings are actually the doodles from my childhood, that have come to life in my paintings. I surround these figures with tribal patterns and symbols, which incorporate my love of tribal textiles and the village life they represent. I typically work in acrylic paints and create mixed media pieces, adding in charcoal, pencil, pen, resin, wall coverings and other items i happen to find around my studio. I hope that my art evokes a positive emotion with people and opens their minds to a colorful and whimsical world…..which is the way I see the world.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
Art is like life. You learn from experience and practice. The more time you put in to your art, the more you will get out of it. When you make what you think is a mistake, it generally leads you down a new unexplored path and takes you to a place you didn’t expect. Sometimes that unexpected place is where the magic happens. Artists are by nature, creative thinkers who can solve problems creatively, which is a very important tool for life!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I permanently show my artwork at Resin Gallery in Hermosa Beach, Kelsey Michaels Gallery in Laguna Beach and at Homie in Downtown Manhattan Beach.

I am a member of the Hermosa Beach Artist Collective and have regular group shows at Resin Gallery, you can check their website for details.

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Image Credit:
Wendy Stillman
Jeff Poe Photo

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