Paint, ink, brushes, poetry, short stories, and a vivid imagination fill Wendie Donabie’s creative toolbox. As a writer and visual artist, she’s learned a picture is truly worth a thousand words. Painting allows Wendie to communicate her experience of the world in a way that words cannot. Most often, the endless beauty of Muskoka, Ontario, provides the inspiration for her acrylic, watercolour, oil and Chinese ink paintings.
When she’s at the easel, time loses all meaning, and, as if by magic, the brush draws forth images hidden in the fibres of the canvas or paper. Wendie’s goal is to entice the viewer into the painting, to experience her story, or one of the viewer’s own imaginings. And she hopes her work increases awareness of our interdependence on the fragile, natural world around us. To that end, a portion of her painting sales supports the rehabilitation work at Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Muskoka.
Wendie has trained under the direction of well known Canadian Artist, Pat Fairhead, R.C. A., completed workshops with professional artists and courses at Sheridan College and Haliburton School of the Arts. She is an active member of Muskoka Arts & Crafts, Huntsville Art Society, East Central Ontario Art Association, Quest Art School & Gallery.