Wendy Edmond

Wendy Edmond

Doing what you want to do is what retirement is all about, and retirement in 2004 and moving to a home on the beautiful Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in 2007 have given Wendy Edmond the opportunity to pursue her artistic leanings, after previous lengthy careers in health and politics that culminated in 6 years as Queensland's Health Minister.

Born and bred in Queensland, Wendy has lived and worked around the world and other Australian States as a health professional before settling in Brisbane with her growing family. Always a keen photographer, Wendy now uses her photos as the inspiration for her paintings in pastels and acrylics. "It also gives me an excuse to travel," she said. "My first love has been landscapes using pastel, after seeing how vibrant, complex, and yet delicate pastels could be, but more recently I have enjoyed using acrylics to paint both landscapes and still life paintings that have a strong floral theme."

"I love using lots of strong colour in both my landscapes and still life paintings and carry this through to my other passion, my garden, where I constantly squeeze in more flowers, more bulbs, even the trees must have flowers, and bits of the garden regularly feature in my paintings."

Wendy's paintings have also found homes interstate and overseas. Her Southern Coast Series, inspired by coastline near Albany in WA where the rocky headlands and beaches contrasted with the amazing colour of the sea, was part of an exhibition at Qld Parliament House.

"I only work from my own photos and experience of being there and try to translate the atmosphere as much as the image."

Wendy has taken the opportunity to study pastels with Leonie Duff and Max Wilks and acrylics with Mignon Parker among other well known artists at several McGregor Art Schools.

After the Harvest

Sicily

acrylic

60cm x 92cm

$500

Ancient Salt Mills

Sicily

acrylic

50cm x 77cm

$400

Smedvig

Norway

acrylic

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Highland Cow

Hebrides

acrylic

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Master of the Boat

pastel

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Weeding Monet's Garden

acrylic

50cm x 60cm

$300

First Swim

pastel

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Silver Birches

Finland

acrylic

60cm x 90cm

$350

Old Forest

Isle of Mull

watercolour

38cm x 56cm

$150 unframed

Three's Never a Crowd

watercolour

30cm x 42cm

$150 unframed

Cellist at the Gallery

acrylic

76cm x 51cm

$300

"Abandoned Hut Tasmania"

acrylic on canvas

32cm x 61cm

$220