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Wendy Oppelt

I grew up in a home full of artistic expression. My father, a bigger than life character, was a professional artist and performer. The family home was an ever-changing canvas with murals on the walls and a yard highly decorated with flowers, sculpture and paintings. So the transition from scribbling on the walls as a child to brushing paint on a canvas as an adult came naturally. In 2010 I decided to dedicate more time to my art while working as a Communications Consultant for Oak Bay Marine Group in Victoria, BC. The owner at the time was a huge patron of the arts and encouraged me to exhibit my work at his well-known Marina Restaurant. I was absolutely surprised when my first show of 20 pieces sold out. After that I never looked back and began painting full-time. I adore painting and the freedom it allows me to express how I’m feeling from day to day. I mainly create florals and landscapes but I also enjoy the occasional figurative painting and portrait. I work in many mediums from watercolour, pastel, oil and acrylic. My favourite process is building luscious, textured layers in acrylic and finishing each piece with a high gloss resin. My artistic style is expressive, using vibrant colour and strong composition. I love how the use of textured acrylic creates stunning contrasts of bright and dark shades emphasized by a glass like finish making my pieces shine like pure sun.  Ever impulsive, bright, and whimsical, my artwork reflects the vibrant colours of my soul and daily life. I strive to capture an integrity and honesty in each piece that will inspire a sense of wonder and exploration in viewers and collectors. Works are held in private and corporate collections throughout North America. When I'm not in my studio, I can be found enjoying time with family and friends or working crazy hours in the BC film industry as a Background Coordinator, PA and Locations Scout.

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