Southwest artist Wendy Wells-Bailey is known for her sweeping lines and bold colors creating mythological imagery of the subconscious. Although her early work depicted lyrical landscapes, Wendy soon discovered the challenge of the inner landscape of the mind. It has become her signature style as she explores the depths of the land and cultures of North America.
Wendy is one of a group of artists who attended the London Art Academy who were influenced by the Fauvists, Cubists, and Futurists of the early 20th century. These artists, Matisse, Derain, Braque, Duffy, among others created exciting and vibrantly colored works of art. Wendy has been further influenced by Art Deco artists such as Tamara de Lempicka, and the Arts & Crafts Movement architects Mary Jane Colter and Frank lloyd Wright. Wendy attended the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture for a short time. The influence of their style and color combined with her love for Meso-American and Southwest American art and culture has become her signature style.
Wendy’s original artworks can be found in collector’s homes and offices throughout the United States and Canada. Her works have been featured on television, and on the walls of the Senate offices in Washington D.C., Marriott Hotels, Mayo Clinic, Sky Harbor International Airport Phoenix, Arizona and many corporate offices. She has also been a regular monthly guest on Phoenix Chanel 3 “Good Morning Arizona” show. Wendy is the original signature artist for “The Trail of Painted Ponies” and has two ponies currently in collectable circulation “Sky Rider” and Phoenix airport exclusive “Phoenix Pony.” Her work is also part of the Smithsonian permanent collection of American Women Artists which include the work of Georgia O’Keefe and Emily Carr.
Wendy’s professional career has taken her throughout North America. She found herself particularly drawn to the great Southwestern desert regions spending much of her time visiting with the Native Peoples learning their Lifeways and traditions eventually settling there as a professional artist. Wendy now makes her permanent home in the sunny wine country of the Southern Okanagan.
Desert Eagle Fine Art owner Diane Carter has been around fine art collecting since a very young age. As a small girl she accompanied her father to many art exhibitions and gallery shows in his quest to purchase art and expand his own collection. As an adult Diane acquired a masters degrees in ethnology and a PhD. anthropology, as well as a BA in Art History and finally an established a successful career in finance banking.
In 1990 she established a fine art studio with her business partner Wendy Wells-Bailey and enjoyed an avocation as a weaver. It was not until 1992 that Diane took the step of owning and operating a fine art gallery to a full time endeavor. As her gallery grew and expanded she became a regular on local TV presenting local artists and their work.
“My greatest thrill is to discover an artists with exceptional talent and turn them into art stars” Diane says when asked why she has chosen to remain out of the headlines herself. However she doesn’t stay too far out of the spot light. She is the co-founder of the Sonoran Arts League annual show, and the Gray Hawk annual Christmas Art Show both in their 11th year.
Its’ not all work for Diane, she also creates fine jewelry using the techniques and designs of the People of Native North America. Her pieces are being worn by fashionable Women throughout North America. She is also a Navajo Weaver, having studied for many years under the Navajo Master Weavers, Nanaba and Tina Bighorse.
After living in the Navajo Southwest United States for many decades, Diane now makes the South Okanagan of British Columbia her home. Surrounded by the magnificent hills and wineries, Diane finds her home a vital part of her creative force and wellbeing.
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