Wendy Turner has painted with watercolor and pastel for over 30 years. Her most recent work, large intricate close-ups of light on rocks and water, reflects her early love of the ocean and the coast of Maine. Born in Boston, Turner grew up on Cutts Island in Kittery Point, Maine. She received her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. After living in Sedona, Arizona, the San Francisco Bay area, and Key West, she returned to Maine in 1981. Wendy paints in a boathouse studio overlooking the Pepperell cove, in Kittery Point.
Light, color and clarity are the subjects of Turner’s hyperrealist watercolors. Multiple layers of delicate watercolor washes build both the subtle and dramatic shifts of light and color. Her paintings sharply focus the chaos and beauty of the landscape, and reflect and magnify the healing fragile nature of our planet.
Turner’s work is in many private and corporate collections including General Electric, Fidelity Investments, Arthur Andersen, Jefferson Pilot, and Burger King. The national exhibition “Watercolor, USA” selected her paintings in both 2002 and 2004. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Down East, Maine Boats and Harbors, and American Artist magazines all published feature articles on Wendy’s art. Her watercolor, Rocks, Appledore, was included in the book, Splash7, a celebration of light – best in watercolor.