About me!

Bio 2015

Wendie Thompson came to painting relatively late in life although she had developed an appreciation early having become a skilled custom framer. It was when her children left home and she was searching for a way to spend time with her artist/engineer husband that she began studying painting. It did not take long for her to develop a deep sense of wonder and an unfailing enthusiasm for oil paint!

“Heaven for me is a day painting in a garden.”  Wendie paints often using a painting knife with thick and luscious color. She strives to invite a sense of mystery and joy in her work.

Thompson studied with artist Lorin Willey for a number of years gaining a foundation in impressionism and plein air. She has also studied with Tom Nachreiner, C.W. Mundy and Dan Gerhartz. Her work is influenced by Monet, Renoir and Klimpt.

Wendie’s paintings can be found in both private and corporate collections. She is a member of The Oil Painters of America, The American Impressionist Society, The League of Milwaukee Artists and she founded and administers The Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association.

2003 Solo show Lil Gabriel Gallery Brookfield WI
2003 Member Wisconsin Painters Studio Annual Show
2005 Solo Show “In Defense of the Double Yellow Line” Griffin Gallery Fine Art
2009 Solo Show Espresso Love Coffee, Mukwonago WI
Participant 2006-2010 First Brush of Spring Plein Air Competition, New Harmony, Indiana
Participant 2008 Downer Ave. Plein Air Competition
Participant 2007-2009 Mid-Summers Brush, Oconomowoc’s Plein Air Competition
Winner Mayors Choice Award 2008 Mid-Summers Brush
Winner Honorable mention, quick paint, Cedarburg Plein Air Competition 09
Winner: Raven Gallery’s “renewal” 2010 show 2nd place
Winner: “Brush with the Wind”2010, WIPAPA Inaugural show: 1st place
Winner: First place quick paint, Wauwatosa Plein Air Affair 2010
Winner: First Place, Riveredge, Cedarburg 2011
Winner Judges Merit Award First Brush of Spring New Harmony IN 2012
Winner: Honorable Mention Kewaskum Plein Air Competition 2012

Founding Member Griffin Gallery Fine Art, Oconomowoc WI 2002
Mid Summers Brush, Oconomowoc’s Plein Air Competition, Event Director 2007, 2008, 2009
Founder?Grand Pooba WIPAPA (Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association) 2007-current
Member IPAPA (Indiana Plein Air Painter Association) 2006-current
Member League of Milwaukee Artists 2009-current
Member: Oil Painters of America  from 2010-current
Member American Impressionist Society from 2011-current

2001- 2011  Lorin Willey
2006 Workshop Plein Air, Ken Auster
2008 Workshop, Plein Air, Tom Nachriener
2011 Workshop Dreama Tolle Perry and Leslie Saeta
2012 Workshop C.w. Mundy

More of my work can be seen at http://www.paletteknifepainters.org/ as well as the Dooryard Gallery

Wendie Thompson        
N1289 State Rd 67
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
414-305-3286 (cell)   E-mail mricl4hlth@aol.com


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