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 the Orange County Co-Chair of the California Art Club, and I enjoy creative involvement in plein air painting groups such as Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA). As the President of the Artists Fund at Festival of Arts, I also participate in charitable outreach towards my fellow Festival artists.

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 (hopefully after this dreadful lost year of Covid!) for my eleventh year as an exhibitor at the prestigious Laguna Beach Festival of Arts.

I paint plein air anywhere I can, and then finish the work at my Laguna Canyon studio or at home in Laguna Niguel, California – with husband Scott’s constant encouragement. I’m so lucky to share this passion!