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Wendy Baker

As a former Landscape Architect much of my work draws upon landscape themes, settings or elements. I'm looking for the feeling about a place rather than a realistic interpretation. I paint both impressionistic and abstract. With abstracts I enjoy the experience of moving paint around and letting my intuition run free. It brings great joy when I discover something spiritiual or something from my subconscious that conveys a special meaning.Most gratifying is to just connect with a patron who shares a mutual joy in the energy of the work.

Wendy's major art influence was seeing Van Gogh's exhibit at the De Young Museum in SF at age 10 which her grammar school teacher made sure she saw. She loved art projects in school and was often asked to do special projects like make a political cabinet (a 4 ft poster shaped like a dresser ) and label the drawers with Cabinet members. This may have influenced her interest in politics too - especially the Department of Interior. Wendy's artistic mother had a special india ink kit and Wendy made sophisticated maps for school projects. She took to drawing in her spare time; it helped not having a TV until she was age 13.

Wendy is a third generation San Franciscan and her family owned quality grocery stores in the Marina District and summer homes in Marin. A street was named after her family maiden name - Wreden - in the 1930's in Fairfax. Wendy moved to Marin in the '70s to raise her daughter and married architect, Rich Rushton. She was immersed in local politics for 20 years serving as Mayor of Fairfax and a Marin County Women's Commissioner, among other roles. As a Landscape Architect and Planner, she worked for GGNRA / the National Park Service (the Department of Interior); as Community Planner for the U.C.Berkeley Campus; and for several Bay Area design firms. A mid-life opportunity attending the American Film Institute in L.A. landed her a job on Quentin Tarantino's first film and she was a script reader for Coppola, Paramount and Fox Studios. Returning to Fairfax, she engaged in environmental issues with Sustainable Fairfax and civic improvements with the Chamber of Commerce. She took up oil painting full time in 2012 -- a passion she began as an art major at age 19.

Harvard University MA 1983
Graduate School of Design

UC Berkeley BA 1976
College of Environmental Design
Graduated with Honors

"Music As Muse" juried by Donna Seager & Paul Liberatore, O'Hanlon Center 2018
"Fresh Art" juried by Chester Arnold, Marin Society of Artists 2018
Falkirk Annual Show juried by Dorallen Davis - 2017
Gallery Route One juried by Chester Arnold - Pt. Reyes 2017
Marin Society of Artists 2017
Marin County Fair 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Riley Street San Rafael 2012

Fine arts studies with: Chester Arnold, Jeff Beauchamp, Francesca Pastine, Barbara Lawrence, Jack Scott, & Chris Zydel.

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