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Wendy Goldberg

San Anselmo, CA

I use the landscape as a point of departure. From it I attempt to distill what is mysterious, ephemeral and often dreamlike----nuances of fog, rain and quickly changing weather, or the play of dark form/mass against brilliant light. Most, therefore, are portraits of a particular place or time of day when shadows are deep and the light is intense or uncommon. The experience of initially working on-site in these constantly changing conditions becomes an integral part of the piece. Working on a series of night scenes, both rural and urban, objects and images which by daylight seem incidental and commonplace, become simplified and extraordinary at night under limited or artificial light. These result in compositions that speak as much about form and abstract shape as they do about atmosphere and essence. Structural, man-made elements have become increasingly important in my work-----old garages, mills; long-used, intimate or messy work spaces. These often provide a sharp contrast to the sometimes overwhelming beauty of the natural landscape. My attempt to evoke a sense of place relates to the newer paintings of interiors as well-----what makes these spaces personal, and at the same time, how do they evoke/ how does one capture their sense of mystery and timelessness?

Wendy Goldberg was born in New York, grew up in New England and attended Saturday morning children's classes at RISD. She graduated from Cornell University where the dramatic weather and landscape informed much of what she does and loves today. She received several fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center which was an additional inspiration to her work. She has lived in northern California for many years where she creates her work, installs art exhibits for individuals and the county and occasionally teaches art.
Goldberg's work has been commended by Wayne Thiebaud, Victoria Dalkey, Marian Parmenter and George Rivera. Her art is in public, private and corporate collections throughout the world including the SF Legion of Honor Museums Achenbach Collection of Prints and Drawings, Genentech Corp, the Haas Family Collection, Stanford Medical Center, Davis & Engel, LLP, NY, Loyola Marymount Health Center, Chicago, IL.

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