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Artist 2019
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 As an artist of the contemporary landscape, what currently captivates me, is the complexity of shapes and colours found in tangled under growth. I use both brush and palette knife to bring to life the textures and patterns I see. I delight in the exploration of colour and composition to create a sense of movement and flow in my paintings. I have a deep connection to nature and to design. They both attract me with their endless bouquet of complex shapes. I’m especially attracted to the lines, patterns and curves of the flora and fauna that lie at the periphery of forests. I love the abstract shapes, the tangled lines and textured patterns that all swirl together in a kaleidoscope of colour. Working back and forth, I add and remove paint to create patterns in leaves, fine lines and abstract 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 a beautiful world found deep inside the untamed, wild garden. A world that would otherwise be passed by.

 

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Wendy Bermingham grew up in the small town of Aurora, Ontario, Canada. Graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1985 with a major in Communication and Design, Wendy won the prestigious Southham Scholarship for Excellence and 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 as a graphic artist at MCG Graphics, a close knit, in-house studio of Ogilvy and Mather Advertising.  She worked 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, 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, and movement found in her colourful paintings. Wendy considers her artistic evolution as an ever-changing and unending journey.

Wendy is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Society of Canadian Artists and a member of the East Central Ontario Art Association. Her work can be found in private collections throughout Canada and the United States.

 

 

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

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

 

 

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Solo Exhibitions

2017 "Speaking of Trees" a two-person exhibition with Sheila Davis,

The Gallery On The Lake,  Buckhorn, ON

2021 "Lyrics of the Land" a group exhibition with Jenn Wilkins, Laurie Wonfor Nolan and Sue Archibald 

Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton ON

Juried Exhibitions

2021 East Central Ontario Art Association 63rd Juried Exhibition

2021 Society of Canadian Artists Open International Online Juried Exhibition

2020 Ontario Society of Artists, Members' Exhibition of Selected Work 

2020 East Central Ontario Art Association 62nd Juried Exhibition

2020 Society of Canadian Artists International Open Juried Online Exhibition

2019 Society of Canadian Artists 51st International Open Juried Exhibition

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

2019 Oshawa Art Association 51st Annual Juried Art Exhibition

2019 Society of Canadian Artists International Open Juried Online Exhibition

2018 East Central Ontario Art Association 60th Juried Exhibition

2018 Ontario Society of Artists Members' Exhibition of Selected Works

2018 Society of Canadian Artists 50th International Open Juried Exhibition

2018 Society of Canadian Artists International Open Juried Online Exhibition

2018 Oshawa Art Association 50th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

2017 Ontario Society of Artists New Members Exhibition

2017 Ontario Society of Artists 145th Anniversary Exhibition "Mosaic"

2017 Society of Canadian Artists 49th Open International Juried Exhibition

2017 PineRidge Arts Council 18th Annual Juried Exhibition

2017 East Central Ontario Art Association 59th Annual Juried Exhibition

2017 Oshawa Art Association 50th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition

2017 The Latcham Gallery Annual Juried Exhibition

2017 Society of Canadian Artists International Open Juried Online Exhibition

2016 PineRidge Arts Council 17th Annual Juried Exhibition

2016 Ontario Society of Artists Members' Exhibition of Selected Works

2016 Society of Canadian Artists 48th Open National Juried Exhibition

2016 Ontario Society of Artists 143rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition

2016 Society of Canadian Artists International Open Juried Online Exhibition

2016 East Central Ontario Art Association 58th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

2015  Art Gallery of Northumberland 38th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

2015 PineRidge Arts Council 16th Annual Art Exhibition

2015 Ontario Society of Artists Members Exhibition of Selected Works

 

Juried Group Exhibitions

2014 - 2019 Durham West Studio Tour 

2006 - 2019 Thanksgiving Images Studio Tour 

 

Group Exhibitions

2021 Julia Veenstra's Square Foot Show 

2019 Christmas Collective - ArtSpace236

2018 Allan's Artists 6th Annual Exhibition of Artists

2016 Ontario Plein Air Society Annual Exhibition

2016 Elora Plein Air Festival - Paint the Grand River

2016 Allan’s Artists 4th Annual Exhibition

2015 Ontario Plein Air Society Annual Exhibition

2015 Belleville Plein Air Festival

2015 Alan’s Artists 3rd Annual Exhibition

2014 Deck the Walls – Christmas Exhibition

2014 Ontario Plein Air Society Annual Exhibition

2014 McMichael Canadian Art Collection Plein Air Show

2014 Scugog Island Plein Air Show and Sale

2014 Belleville Plein Air Festival

 

 

Awards

2021 Honourable Mention East Central Ontario Art Association, 63rd Juried Exhibition

2020 Honourable Mention Society of Canadian Artists International Juried Online Exhibition

2020 Honourable Mention East Central Ontario Art Association

2020 Honourable Mention Whitby Art Show, Online Exhibition

2019 Honourable Mention Oshawa Art Association

2018 Honourable Mention East Central Ontario Art Association 60th Juried Exhibition

2017 Best in Show East Central Ontario Art Association 59th Annual Juried Exhibition

2017 Honourable Mention Oshawa Art Association 50th Anniversary Juried Exhibition

2016 Award of Excellence Society of Canadian Artists 48th Open National Juried Exhibition

2016 2nd Place Award Elora en Plein Air-Paint the Grand River Festival

2016  Honourable Mention, East Central Ontario Art Association 58th Annual Juried Exhibition

2015  2nd Place Award, Ontario Plein Air Society Annual Exhibition

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

2015  3rd Place Award (Enbridge Pipelines Award) PineRidge Arts Council 16th Annual Art Exhibition

2015  Top 10 Emerging Artist, Ontario Society of Artists Members Exhibition

2015  1st Place Award, Belleville Plein Air Festival

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

2014  2nd Place Award, Ontario Plein Air Society Annual Exhibition

2014  2nd Place Award, Belleville Plein Air Festival

 

Publications

2021 The Hamilton Spector - "Two women artists respond to nature's rhythms"

Arts Section - Written by Regina Haggo  ARTICLE

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


Memberships 

   

OSA - Ontario Society of Artists 
SCA - Society of Canadian Artists 
ECOAA - East Central Ontario Art Association