We asked friends, families, and supporters of CASA to generously submit any original artwork they thought would make a great greeting card. We were graciously overwhelmed by the amount of support we received from everyone: 70 artists submitted over 100 pieces to the fundraiser. Meet Wendy Wilson: one of the 19 artists whose piece was chosen to help benefit victimized children in New Hampshire.
Wendy Wilson is an artist from Laconia, New Hampshire. She dabbles in all sorts of mediums and is not limited to her usual oil and water color paintings. Her mother’s passion for crafts provided numerous opportunities for her to get involved in art. Today, some of her paintings are hanging in galleries, including the “First Hydrangeas” piece that is now being sold as a greeting card for the CASA Cards for a Cause Fundraiser. We asked Wendy some questions to learn more about her and her passions:
CASA: Tell us about yourself! What is your background? Do you primarily create art or do you have other hobbies/careers?
WENDY: I am a retired nurse midwife and nurse educator. Aside from painting I love to be with my grandchildren and hike, kayak, cross country ski and travel.
CASA: How long have you been creating art?
WENDY: I have loved to do any kind of art, craft, sewing and knitting since I was a child.
CASA: How were you introduced to this craft?
WENDY: My mother provided opportunities for me to do arts and crafts for as long as I can remember.
CASA: Do you have a process you typically use to generate new ideas?
WENDY: I think the most important thing is for me to pick up paint, paper, brush, pencils, or ink even if I’m not sure what I am going to do. Local nature, towns, farms, lakes. and mountains inspire me to put something on the paper or canvas.
CASA: What are three words you would use to describe your artistic style?
WENDY: Varied, colorful and realistic. But I have been leaning toward more abstract work.
CASA: Do you have any influencers in the art industry that you particularly enjoy?
WENDY: I admire the work of so many artists. John Singer Sargent is one of my favorites. Paul Klee and Matisse inspire me. My daughter Liz Wilson is my best teacher.
CASA: Do you have a website or a business that you would like to share with the readers?
WENDY: You can follow me on Instagram @wendywilsonart2
CASA: What is your affiliation with CASA?
WENDY: I have friends who have volunteered with CASA. I am very impressed with the program and wanted to support it in some way.
Thank you to Wendy and every other artist who submitted to the CASA Cards for a Cause Fundraiser. This fundraiser is yet another way ordinary people can make extraordinary efforts in combating child abuse and neglect in New Hampshire. There are so many way to help, so thank all of you who have done so.
If you’d like to purchase either of Wendy’s greeting cards or view the rest of the cards we sell from other local artists, click here to browse.
All Cards printed by Allegra of Bedford.