About the Artist
"I'm still drawn to the scent of oils and turpentine. The aroma evokes glimpses of my mother and grandmother at their easels at my childhood home in Memphis, coffee-with-chicory nights in the Newcomb studios in New Orleans, the inherited easel by the window overlooking Park and 35th St. in New York, and finally to it’s current home in Denver. I tend to see the world in vignettes, and am calmed by the visual balance of a good composition. I struggle to balance my need for solitude with time for interaction, and my anxieties with confidence. After years of creating images for book covers, Victoria Magazine and others, designing for print and web, art directing, and various artistic endeavors, I'm compelled to share an impression of the serenity I find in the simplicity of a graceful, organic line and the stillness of a suspended moment. My current work employs only tools of the earlier process - the luscious, soft brushes, nestled near my mother’s paint-splattered easel."
Wendi Schneider is a visual artist currently working in photography and precious metals. Born in Memphis, she holds an AA in Art History from Stephens College in Columbia, MO and a BA in Painting from Newcomb/Tulane in New Orleans. She turned to photography in the early ‘80s to capture moments of models to reference for paintings. Missing the sensuality of oils, she began layering glazes on her photographs to create a more personal interpretation. After she photographed, designed and produced the award-winning re-creation of the 1901 Picayune’s Creole Cook Book
for The Times-Picayune
, she moved to New York, where she photographed nearly 100 book covers and was a major contributor to the original Victoria Magazine
. She moved to Denver in 1994, and after several decades of photography, design and art direction for clients, she recently returned to fine art photography.
Gilded vellum photographs from her current series States of Grace
have been exhibited in a solo exhibit at Galeria Photo/Graphic in San Miguel de Allende, MX, soon at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, and in group exhibits in more than 60 venues including A Gallery For Fine Photography, Panopticon Gallery, and the Berlin Foto Biennale. Wendi's work has been featured in Diffusion
, B&W Magazine, Silvershotz, Adore Chroma
, and as a Rule Breaker on the Don't Take Pictures blog. A Critical Mass finalist in 2017, Schneider has been honored by the International Photography Awards, the International Color Awards, the Gala Awards and the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. She is represented by A Gallery For Fine Photography
in New Orleans and Galeria Photo/Graphic in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.photo by Yvette Meltzer