Aloha! My name is Wendy Roberts and I am an oil painter living and working in Hawaii (specifically Oahu). I am inspired by the gorgeous mountains, beaches, wildlife, and underwater world. My paintings depict the pristine areas of this island paradise: the wild beauty of Hawaii’s green natural spaces which enchant residents and visitors alike.
Art history also serves a useful role as inspiration. Works involving elements of gold or silver gilding consistently caught my eye as I would visit museums. Eventually, I decided to incorporate elements of metal leafing (thin sheets of metal) into many of my paintings, but in my own way. The combination of tropical paintings with metal leafing worked into the composition, or “Tropical Leafing” is something unique that I like to create. The shimmer of gold or silver can add an element of ever-changing light to a painting. The paintings of natural subjects are a celebration of the beautiful world that surrounds us, and a reminder that we must protect our wild open spaces in order to connect with our deepest spiritual selves.
I also paint works featuring people, very different from the works described above. These are either narrative works, or portraits with rich symbolism. Often, you will find the story of my paintings written in my blog, or on social media since I really enjoy writing in addition to painting.
My work has been received well, garnering awards in juried competitions, and finding a place in collections (both private and business spaces) across the U.S. Thank you for viewing my art!