Wendy Roberts started painting under the guidance of her father from the moment she was old enough to hold a paintbrush. As the daughter of quadriplegic artist Wendell Johnson, she watched her father work on a daily basis, learning not only the root skills of oil painting, but experiencing his perseverance through adversity. Applying these skills, and growing under the mentorship of many talented art teachers and professors, she earned a BA in Fine Arts. Shortly after college, she married Jeremy Roberts and began her married life by moving eight times in ten years through six states including Utah, Colorado, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Texas before finally settling in Hawaii on the island of Oahu in 2010. She and her husband are completely enamored with Hawaii, and are currently raising their two daughters near the beautiful Koolau mountains.
Among the beauty of the lush forests, sheer mountains, and gorgeous beaches of the windward side, Wendy has found a deep sense of peace and inspiration. Her connection to the land, the ocean, and their natural inhabitants motivates her to capture and share this breathtaking scenery with an emphasis on color and texture. She is also very interested in depicting people in interesting situations. The emotions and activities of people convey a complex story and creates art that fills a different display role, with diverse challenges which are exciting. Thus, she is equally interested in people and landscapes, opting for a balance of realism and painterly strokes that suits the particular piece.
In her own work, Wendy takes inspiration from the amazing artists of the past. From a young age, she was always surrounded by books about Art History, further nurtured by the various classes on art history and technique in college. She loves the Old Italian masters with their exquisite gold leafing and smooth paint, but the Victorian era with its wider subject range and paintery approach to realism with accomplished groups such as the PreRaphaelites, the Skagensmalerne, and other painters from around 1850 to the early 1900s most captures her admiration. Some of her favorite painters include John Singer Sargent, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, John William Waterhouse, Claude Monet, Frederick Waugh, Peder Severin Krøyer, and Frederick Edwin Church, all of whom possess impeccable color sense and a painterly approach to realism.
Wendy has participated in numerous exhibits throughout Oahu, and her award-winning artwork is in private collections throughout the U.S.
Aside from painting and raising children, Wendy volunteers as webmaster of the Windward Artists Guild, whose goals of stimulating the arts throughout Oahu align very much with her desire to see the arts flourish within the community. She is also on the board for Kailua Historical Society and serves as their webmaster, occasionally transcribing manuscripts or converting outdated recordings to newer formats in the effort to preserve the amazing history of the area for future generations. Other favorite pursuits include hiking, dancing, and gardening.
Board Member Windward Artists Guild
Board Member of Association of Hawaii Artists
Associate Member of Oil Painters of America