The artist Wendy van Vondel began painting in 1989. After doing various courses, workshops and master-classes, Wendy developed her use of the palette knife. With this, she uses a single layer of oil paint to depict her subjects on the canvas. By refining the technique, she has managed to create her own, very individual style of painting. Both the stroke of the knife and her vivid use of colour give an extra dimension to her work.
Wendy’s non-commissioned portraits are often of women. Painted realistically and in a classic style, her female subjects are shown in all their femininity. Wendy is also good at capturing likeness in her commissioned portraits and portraits of children. Unsuspected family resemblances often shine through in unexpected ways. With her series of paintings of frogs, Wendy reveals another, startlingly different side to her work.
Are they characters from fairy tales, or are they metaphorical? Leave it to your imagination, because nothing is what it seems.