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 lives with her family near the beautiful Ko’olau 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 the beauty. She hopes it will inspire love and care for nature, particularly endangered plants and birds, and the preservation of green spaces. In each painting, she balances realism and painterly qualities to suit each image.
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 painterly 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. In her own work, she will often use metal leafing and direct painting together to create a blending of these favorite influences.
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 enjoys participating in community organizations. She is a current member and recent board member of both the Windward Artists Guild (2013 – 2019) and the Association of Hawaii Artists (2017 – 2019). She is also currently working with Downtown Art Center as a volunteer webmaster to help promote the arts throughout Oahu. Additionally, she recently served on the board for Kailua Historical Society (2016 – 2018). Other favorite pursuits include hiking, dancing, and gardening.
Windward Artists Guild
Association of Hawaii Artists
Oil Painters of America, Associate Member