Artist Wendy Schwartz

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WENDY SCHWARTZ has lived and worked along a marsh on Tomales Bay near Inverness, where her studio looks across to Black Mountain, since 1983. Most of her oil paintings are of solitary landscapes, which sometimes include buildings.  The palette is mostly subdued, vivid colors are used sparingly.       
I am drawn to a spare but emotionally powerful landscape-- long fields, shadows, tidelands, the edge of a town, its back alleys, a simple shed or cottage, the not-quite empty room, or overlooked places that suggest a narrative.  The western landscape possesses a majesty and  solitude that I try to capture in my paintings.
My paintings are created both “en plein air” and in the studio, The larger paintings are made in the studio using my own photos. These serve as a departure point for content and composition, by piecing together, rearranging, and sketching as needed. I include only enough detail to strengthen the painting. Once begun, the painting takes on a life of its own. I try to focus on light and form and composition, and welcome whatever lucky surprises might occur. I strive for a sense of authenticity; the painting has to feel true, free of artifice. What is of interest to me is the integrity of the painting and the relationship between it and the viewer.
After studying art at Boston University, I came west. But it wasn't until I settled here that I began to paint in earnest. On most days, from the studio window I can see cows grazing the hills. It may not be today's subject, but it is a constant sustenance. I am grateful every day for the painting life I am fortunate to experience here on the marshes of Tomales Bay, despite the winter "king" tides that, on occasion, rise into the studio.
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