Wendy Wirth

Originally from Montreal, Canada, I spent my childhood falling in love with California’s golden hillsides, sweeping vistas and majestic shorelines. Honoring the tradition of the early outdoor painters, I strive to convey the atmosphere, depth, and drama of the modern painted landscape. It’s that magic edge between darkness and light that draws me in; the long shadow, the blush of twilight, a dramatic pop of color, and that spectacular light show at the end of the day that inspires my paintings most.

Using nuanced acrylic layers and dramatic compositions, I strive to translate the everyday scene in a true-to-site historical manner, imparting a sense of mood, place and time. 

The elusive light of nature is a constant inspiration. That’s what guides me to keep exploring and recording life’s little moments. Quiet memories of times past.

A Cal State Fullerton graduate, I pursued a 20-year career in Illustration and Graphic Arts before immersing myself in painting full time. I’m an artist member and Orange County Chapter Co-Chair of California Art Club, and an artist member and youth mentor with Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA). I’m also President of the Artists Fund at the Festival Of Arts, a non-profit that provides financial assistance to fellow Festival Of Arts exhibitors.

Locally, I participate in numerous juried shows throughout the year and am nationally recognized for my award-winning small works. My paintings are in collections all over the nation, and I’m extremely honored to be returning in 2021 (after that dreadful lost year of Covid!) for my twelfth year as an exhibitor at the prestigious Laguna Beach Festival of Arts.

I paint plein air anywhere I can, reconnoiter for paintable images wherever they’re found, and then finish the work at my Laguna Canyon studio or at home in Laguna Niguel, California –  I’m so lucky to be able to share this passion with fellow art lovers!