Wendy Borello RSMA
Wendy Borello has this overwhelming compulsion to draw and to paint; it's as simple as that. Wendy really enjoys the creative process, but she can't paint things superficially. She must have an affinity with the subject.
Wendy's fascination with the sea, cloudscapes and light and the enthusiasm to draw and paint them began in early childhood. They remain sources of inspiration. Wendy's objectives are to turn her experiences into evocative form.
The natural world provides Wendy with the most inspiration and she carries a sketchpad and camera at all times. After qualifying as a diver in 1997 and captivated by the marine life and relics she had encountered, Wendy started sketching and photographing underwater. Wendy was excited to discover that depictions of the underwater world were capable of offering less-conventional interpretations of historical events at sea.
A self-taught artist, Wendy's main work is carried out in transparent watercolour. Preparatory work for each painting includes sketches made on location, compositional ideas, colour palette and detailed drawing. Extensive research precedes paintings containing historical subject matter. Using only light-fast pigments, a watercolour is usually executed from a limited palette of four to six colours, though not necessarily the same ones for each work. An extended range of hues are obtained by mixing two, but never more than three, colours together. Wendy's painting methods often include innumerable layers of wet-on-dry glazing. Experimentation encourages Wendy to try to surpass the usual expectations of watercolour painting along with upholding the traditional values of the genre.
Wendy usually only works on one watercolour at a time. Her emotions are bound up in one piece until it is finished, which can be anything from 30 to over 100 hours, excluding preparatory work. This doesn't prevent her, however, from sketching, photographing and accumulating ideas of other things that she wishes to paint.
Born and educated in Ilford, Essex
1987 First Solo Exhibition
1996 Relinquished career as a cartographical/geological draughtsman to paint
2003 First exhibited with the Royal Society of Marine Artists
2009 Elected an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
2011 Elected full Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
Thapong Art Centre Botswana
2014 First Prize, Presidents Day Regional Art Exhibition
2012 Two Rivers Watercolour Prize, Royal Society of Marine Artists
2012 Great Art Award, Patchings Exhibition
2012 Best in Show, Grand Prix Watercolour Masters Exhibition Watercolour Society Africa
2010 Best in Show, Presidents Day National Art Exhibition
2010 Viewers' Choice, Watercolour Society of South Africa
2009 Caran D'Ache Award, Patchings Exhibition
2004 and 2009 Best in Show, Watercolour Society of South Africa
2008 Best in Painting, Presidents Day National Art Competition & Exhibition
2007 and 2008 St Cuthberts Mill Award, Patchings Exhibition
2004 and 2007 Best in Show. Artists in Botswana Exhibition
2003 First Prize Watercolour, Artists in Botswana Exhibition
2001 Gold Award for the Visual Arts Painting, Artists in Botswana Exhibition
Watercolour Society of South Africa National Open Exhibition, Manor Gallery, Johannesburg
Berman Gallery, Johannesburg
Grand Prix Watercolour Masters Exhibition, Manor Gallery, Johannesburg
Artists in Botswana Annual Exhibition, Botswana National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaborone
Presidents Day National Art Exhibition, Botswana National Museum, Gaborone
Patchings Exhibition, Patchings Art Centre, Calverton, Nottingham
Contemporary Visions of Southern Africa, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa
SADC Visual Art and Crafts Festival, Windhoek, Namibia
Symphony of Dreams, Van Riebeeck Hall, Nelspruit, South Africa
Thapong Art Centre, Gaborone, Botswana
Kizo Gallery, La Lucia, Durban, South Africa
Wendy specializes in underwater scenes, cloudscapes and landscape paintings. She prefers to create initial sketches and take photographs on the scene before completing works in the studio. While the artist is accustomed to following strict and detailed briefs, she prefers to retain the ability to make suggestions and put her 'artistic stamp' on the work. Should a client ask for a copy of her earlier work, Wendy will strive to achieve a similar feel, but cannot guarantee an exact reproduction. The painting process usually takes Wendy 2-4 days, excluding preparatory work.
Numerous private commissions