ERA Landmark proudly announces our current Guest Artist showing in our downtown Bozeman office! Stop by to view Wendy Marquis' gorgeous oil paintings with a contemporary interpretation of old pickup trucks, barns, landscapes, animals, and other iconic images now through the month of March! Join us Friday, March 17th from 5:30-7:30 pm for an opening artist reception to meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.
"Born into an artistic family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wendy grew up exposed to the works of great masters in her home and at her mother’s gallery. She progressed to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and graduated with a BFA from the University of Arizona.
She decided to continue her education through workshops in furniture and mural painting and faux finishing. Her art flourished and found its way into hotels, homes, and businesses throughout central New Hampshire.
Since 2006, after moving to Montana with her husband, two daughters, and assorted dogs, Wendy has grown into a prolific artist, creating canvases in oil, and teaching art classes as well. She is happiest when she is working between the beams of Montana sunshine beautiful music playing, and her colorful paintings surrounding her...and, perhaps a dog or two by her side."
Wendy's Artist Statement
"My artistic influences started from the time I was a child growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Every morning I walked down to breakfast past the art of masters like Picasso, Calder, Georgia O'Keefe, and Thomas Hart Benton. Edward Hopper, Robert Indiana, Hieronymus Bosch, and Salvador Dali showed me what different statements art could make. The Hudson River School artists showed me how to paint the light and magnificence of this earth.
When I discover an ancient truck, a barn, or a grain bin, I dream about the history and family story that lies within its old bones. To me, these machines and structures are as much a part of the Montana landscape as the crops in the field. These vehicles and historic structures represent man and his connection to the land.
I am fascinated by the animals of the farm and ranch as well. I love to observe the rhythms of nature every spring when the calves arrive and the crops are planted. I know this cycle has happened for generations. These creatures are part of the landscape too. Through the subject matter, I choose to paint, I tell the story of past and present rural Montana.
My eyes never stop panning the landscape for a subject to paint. As I compose a painting, I borrow elements from different scenes to satisfy my own aesthetic. Though I paint old objects in the landscape, my goal is to create art that is contemporary.
When you look at my paintings, I invite you to feel the heat of the Montana sun on your back. See the intensity of color and light that is unique to this climate. Sit in front of my work and savor this distinct time; feel a sense of place…a place that you want to linger in again and again."
ERA Landmark has always approached hanging artists in our office a little differently - instead of taking a commission from art sales, we ask our artists to donate a small percentage towards a local charity or nonprofit near and dear to their hearts. Wendy has pledged to donate 15% of her art proceeds from any sales to Bozeman Cancer Support Community whose mission is to, "To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community." To further help support Wendy's cause, ERA Landmark will be price-matching a donation of up to $250 as well towards the same association.