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.
The Painted Ponies
The Trail of the Painted Ponies began in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2001 as a public art project for the promotion of cultural tourism, featuring the art community of the Southwest. One of its purposes was to raise money for worthwhile philanthropic organizations.
Wendy Wells-Bailey writes:
“When I was asked by Delstar Corporation to do a painted pony for Phoenix, Arizona Sky Harbor Airport, I had no idea what I would do or the incredible journey it would lead me to. I keep a large, too large, portfolio of every sketch I make. It was to this “file” that I looked to for an inspiration for this pony. At last I came across a group of drawings I was planning to use for a painting. However, as so often happens in my life, adventure had called and instead of painting I found myself touring the vast desert of the Colorado Plateau. So there they lay, almost forgotten as I roamed the plateaus of the Colorado River. At first glance I knew they were perfect. In true Phoenix spirit the sketches rose again in a new form, this time for the world to share but that’s going ahead of myself. I had to first figure out how to turn a one dimensional sketch into a three dimensional object, the pony. I started by altering the original pony with resin, making its mane go the “wrong” way and changing its tail.
“As always when I work with resin as a sculpture medium I immediately find myself up to my elbows in goo! The results however were wonderful, now a new challenge presented itself. Where do I start to paint? Logically, I asked the Pony and of course her answer was to start with her eyes. Once I had her eyes painted the rest of the painting just fell into place. Thanks to the amazing success of the Phoenix Pony I have had the pleasure of traveling all over North America with personal appearances, and TV interviews. I have met the most wonderful people, horse enthusiasts and art collectors. I hope you will enjoy owning this Pony as much as I enjoyed creating it.”
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