Unique, colorful, and creative are just a few words used to describe Wendell’s work. Her extraordinary use of texture and color are constants in each of her pieces. She plays with oil, acrylic and watercolor paints, dyes, inks, colored pencils, and crayons often adding flora, feathers, wax, wood or other sources to create her unique textured style in her paintings and sculptures.
Wendell began her art career as a graphic illustrator in the Army in 1978. Shortly thereafter, she became a photojournalist and went on to work in public affairs, training and operations, education and professional development. She retired as a Command Sergeant Major from the Rhode Island Army National Guard after 28.5 years and finished an 18-year career at Boston University in Employment and Training. Wendell with her husband, Tom McLaughlin relocated to Bradenton, Florida where she creates her art and also volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem with Manatee County's 12th Circuit Court and also volunteers as an "Adult Buddy" with the Early Learning Coalition Literacy Buddy Program in Sarasota County.
She believes in helping others through volunteer work and "painting/passing it forward" to those in need whether it be by assisting in community service, donating her time, or through some daily act of kindness. Wendell carries this passion over into her artwork by donating a portion of her art sales and/or monetary awards to various charities.*
A supporter and promoter of the arts, she is a member of ArtCenter Manatee(Bradenton, Florida); ArtCenter Sarasota (Sarasota, Florida); President of the Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island (Holmes Beach, Florida); Signature Member of the FloridaSuncoast Watercolor Society; Florida Watercolor Society; International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA); Light Chasers: Plein Air Painters of the Suncoast (Sarasota, Florida); and a WEDU Arts Plus Partner.
She is represented by the Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island Gallery at 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida and the "Island Art & More Gallery" located in the Island Mail & More Business Center at 3230 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida. She has paintings and sculptures currently on display at the South Manatee Library located at 6081 26th Street West, Bradenton, Florida; in the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Open Aqueous Show in the Willis Smith Gallery at the Ringling College of Art & Design located at 2700 North Tamiami Trail*, Sarasota (941-359-7564) *located on "Old Bradenton Road" and next door to Academic Center) through June 10, 2016; and the Anna Maria Island Art League Gallery located at 5312 Holmes Boulevard, Holmes Beach, Florida 34217. (Open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
*Organizations Who Have Received Charitible Donations (Funds, Goods, or Services) from FineArtbyWendell
Anna Maria Island Chalk Festival Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra Anna Maria Island Elementary School Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring ArtCenter Manatee Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island Boston Bruins Foundation PMC Team Brunch for the Bay Children's Guardian Fund Community Center of Anna Maria Island Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island Early Learning Coalition Literacy Buddy Program Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Florida Watercolor Society Longboat Key Turtle Watch Manatee County Audubon Society Manatee Library Foundation Mote Marine Palma Sola Botanical Park Palmetto's Old-Fashioned Florida Christmas in the Park Sarasota Bay Watch Save Our Seabirds Sergeants Major Association of Rhode Island Southeastern Guide Dogs WEDU Arts Plus Wildlife Center of Venice Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation of Anna Maria Island