Wendy K. James - May 2018

"Art is a huge part of my life. Everyone in my family is artistic and I am the youngest. My mother and father worked as artists and display designers for as long as I can remember so growing up in our Seattle home was like living backstage of some fantastic, colorful theater production. We were constantly sharing the living room with giant animated creatures that Mom would magically bring to life and the garage was always lighting up like a mad scientist’s laboratory. That was Dad on the welding torch creating mysterious new ideas. My Dad’s best known work was his design of the Macy’s Christmas Star that is still ceremoniously lit every year downtown after 60 years. Dad is gone now, but he always believed that no idea was impossible to create, and I take great inspiration from that every day. I was introduced to the works of many artists as I explored our delicious library of art books and remember being especially fascinated with the wonderfully strange images of Bosh, Dali and Escher. These experiences and the support of loving and creative family gave me my artistic beginnings and continue to inspire my art and life today.

I live in Greenwood with my husband, Joe and our own giant animated creature, Boo the cat."