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 the Grant Chair with the Artists Fund, 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 have been exhibiting since 2010 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…