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 As an artist of the contemporary landscape, what truly captivates me is the blurred line between realism and abstraction. Using both brush and palette knife, I delight in the exploration of texture and the expression of light and movement. As an artist I feel a deep connection to the land that lures me in by it's natural energy, colour and light. I’m especially attracted to the patterns and light found in trees and forests along with the lines and curves of the flora and fauna that surrounds them. I love the abstract shapes and the tangled lines, the textured patterns and the soft light, all swirled together in a kaleidoscope of paint. Starting with a monochromatic under painting, I can now relax and paint intuitively. Working back and forth, I remove and add paint to reveal edges, create texture and develop shapes. I'm willing to let new things emerge and direct how my painting will look in the end. This is when I'm most happy as an artist. I want the viewer to see every brush of paint, to feel the motion of my palette knife and to discover upon closer inspection, the swirl of a hidden colour and to experience all that inspires me. 

 

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Wendy Bermingham grew up in the small town of Aurora Ontario. Graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1985 with a major in Communication and Design and winner of the prestigious Southham Scholarship for Excellence, Wendy truly fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming an artist.  Moving to Toronto, Wendy enjoyed working as a freelance assembly artist for a short time but later developed a successful career at MCG Graphics, a close knit, in-house studio of Ogilvy and Mather Advertising, working as a graphic artist with major accounts such as Canadian Pacific and Minera Mines.

Years later, after spending time getting back to her roots in nature, she discovered that fine art was her true calling. Primarily self-taught, Wendy now paints full time in her studio or outside painting plein air and has never looked back. Wendy has traveled throughout Ontario, Europe and USA to paint, including Italy, California and Arizona but it is the Canadian landscape where her true passion lies. Painting exclusively in oil, Wendy uses both brush and palette knife, utilizing their unique marks to create the texture, light and movement found in her paintings.

Wendy is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Society of Canadian Artists and the East Central Ontario Art Association. 

 

 

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2016 Plein Air Convention & Expo, Plein Air Magazine, Tucson, Arizona

2015 Beyond the Easel, East Central Ontario Art Association

2015 Plein Air Convention & Expo, Plein Air Art Magazine, Monterey, California

2012 - 2013 Plein Air Workshop with artist Tony Bianco, Buck Lake, Huntsville, ON

1981-1985 Ontario College of Art and Design - Toronto, ON

 

Demonstrations and Workshops

2019 1-day workshop, Clarkson Society of Artists, Mississauga, ON

2019 2-day workshop, Oshawa Art Association, Oshawa, ON

2018 1-day Workshop, Barrie Art Club /  2-day Workshop, Pelham Art Association

2017 Painting demonstration for Oshawa Art Association, Oshawa, ON 

2015 Painting demonstration for East Central Ontario Art Association, Haliburton, ON

 

 

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Duel Exhibition

2017 "Speaking of Trees" a two-person exhibition of work with Wendy Bermingham and Sheila Davis,

The Gallery On The Lake,  Buckhorn, ON

Juried Exhibitions

2019 Society of Canadian Artists 51st International Open Juried Exhibition,  Papermill Gallery, Toronto ON

2019 NOAPS (National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society) Spring International Online Exhibition

2019 Oshawa Art Association 51st Annual Juried Art Exhibition, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON

2019 Society of Canadian Artists International Open Juried Online Exhibition, SCA website

2018 East Central Ontario Art Association 60th Juried Exhibition, John M. Parrott Art Gallery, Belleville, ON

2018 Ontario Society of Artists Members' Exhibition of Selected Works, Papermill Gallery, Toronto.ON

2018 Society of Canadian Artists 50th International Open Juried Exhibition, Papermill Gallery, Toronto, ON

2018 Society of Canadian Artists International Open Juried Online Exhibition, SCA Website

2018 Oshawa Art Association 50th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON

2017 Society of Canadian Artists 49th Open International Juried Exhibition, Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills, Toronto, ON 

2017 PineRidge Arts Council 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, McLean Community Centre, Ajax, ON

2017 East Central Ontario Art Association 59th Annual Juried Exhibition, John M. Parrott Art Gallery, Belleville, ON

2017 Oshawa Art Association 50th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa ON

2017 The Latcham Gallery Annual Juried Exhibition, Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, ON

2017 Society of Canadian Artists International Open Juried Online Exhibition, SCA Website

2016 PineRidge Arts Council 17th Annual Juried Exhibition, McLean Community Centre, Ajax, ON

2016 Ontario Society of Artists Members' Exhibition of Selected Works, Papermill Gallery, Toronto, ON

2016 Society of Canadian Artists 48th Open National Juried Exhibition, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, Etobicoke, ON

2016 Ontario Society of Artists 143rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON

2016 Society of Canadian Artists International Open Juried Online Exhibition, SCA Website

2016 East Central Ontario Art Association 58th Annual Juried Art Exhibition- Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville, ON

2015  Art Gallery of Northumberland 38th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Cobourg, ON

2015 PineRidge Arts Council 16th Annual Art Exhibition, McLean Centre, Ajax, ON

2015 Ontario Society of Artists Members Exhibition of Selected Works – Papermill Gallery, Toronto, ON

 

Juried Group Shows

2016 - 2019 Durham West Studio Tour – Pickering, ON

2014 - 2015 Durham West Studio Tour - Pickering, ON

2016 - 2019 Thanksgiving Images Studio Tour - Simcoe County, ON

2006 - 2015 Thanksgiving Images Studio Tour – Simcoe County, ON

 

Group Exhibitions

2019 Christmas Collective - ArtSpace236 - Uxbridge ON

2018 Allan's Artists 6th Annual Exhibition of Artists, McLean Community Centre, Ajax, On

2017 Ontario Society of Artists New Members Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON

2017 Ontario Society of Artists 145th Anniversary Exhibition "Mosaic", Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, ON

2016 Ontario Plein Air Society Annual Exhibition, Riverdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2016 Elora en Plein Air-Paint the Grand River Festival, Elora, ON

2016 Allan’s Artists 4th Annual Exhibition, McLean Community Centre, Ajax, ON

2015 Ontario Plein Air Society Annual Exhibition, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON

2015 Belleville Plein Air Festival, Belleville, ON

2015 Alan’s Artists 3rd Annual Exhibition, McLean Community Centre, Ajax, ON

2014 Deck the Walls – Christmas Exhibition, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON

2014 Ontario Plein Air Society Annual Exhibition, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON

2014 McMichael Canadian Art Collection Plein Air Show, Kleinburg, ON

2014 Scugog Island Plein Air Show and Sale, Gallery on the Lake, Port Perry, ON

2014 Belleville Plein Air Festival, Belleville, ON

 

 

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2019 Honourable Mention Oshawa Art Association, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON

2018 Honourable Mention East Central Ontario Art Association 60th Juried Exhibition, John M. Parrott Art Gallery, Belleville, ON

2017 Best in Show East Central Ontario Art Association 59th Annual Juried Exhibition, John M. Parrott Art Gallery, Belleville, ON

2017 Honourable Mention Oshawa Art Association 50th Anniversary Juried Exhibition, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa ON

2016 Award of Excellence Society of Canadian Artists 48th Open National Juried Exhibition, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, ON

2016 2nd Place Award Elora en Plein Air-Paint the Grand River Festival, Elora Arts Council, Elora, ON

2016  Honourable Mention, East Central Ontario Art Association 58th Annual Juried Exhibition,  VAC of Clarington, Bowmanville ON

2015  2nd Place Award, Ontario Plein Air Society Annual Exhibition, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON

2015  Best of Show (Lou Schnippering Award), PineRidge Arts Council 16th Annual Art Exhibition, McLean Centre, Ajax, ON

2015  3rd Place Award (Enbridge Pipelines Award) PineRidge Arts Council 16th Annual Art Exhibition, McLean Centre, Ajax, ON

2015  Top 10 Emerging Artist, Ontario Society of Artists Members Exhibition, Papermill Gallery, Toronto, ON

2015  1st Place Award, Belleville Plein Air Festival, Belleville, ON

2014  1st Place Award, McMichael Canadian Art Collection Plein Air Show, McMichael Art Gallery, Kleinburg, ON

2014  2nd Place Award, Ontario Plein Air Society Annual Exhibition, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON

2014  2nd Place Award, Belleville Plein Air Festival, Belleville, ON

 

 

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2016 GoodLife Magazine - Barrie Edition, September/October Issue, Pg. 84, Portfolio / Images Tour, "Get to know the Artists"

2015  Metroland Media, Digital Print Edition, October 28, “What's On” section, PineRidge Arts Council Art Show,

“Pickering, Whitby Artists Doubly Honored in Ajax”,   ARTICLE

 

2015  Plein Air Magazine, September Issue-Pg. 21 “Nuts and Bolts” section, Article:

"Practical Recommendations from Plein Air Painters” 
Written contribution by Wendy Bermingham

 

2014  Pickering News Advertiser, February 13 -Pg.19 “What’s On” Entertainment
section, Allan’s Artists,  “Pickering’s Wendy Bermingham: “Oil painter born to make art”

Written by Allan O'Marra
                                                                                                              
2014  Orillia Packet and Times, October 4 – Pg. A3 Local News section,
 "Art Inspires Family.....Wendy Bermingham Joins Local Images Tour…”

Written by Robin Hall

 

 

 


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Ontario Society of Artists – OSA
Society of Canadian Artists-SCA

PineRidge Arts Council - PRAC
East Central Ontario Art Association - ECOAA
 

         

 

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