masters in art therapy from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago
bachelors in fine art from the Columbus College of Art and Design
2012 Thru hiker on the Appalachian Trail, trail name: Dame Quixote
About the Work
Wendy Ritchey offers oil and watercolor paintings for sale. She also does custom murals in homes and businesses.
Wendy's most recent project is the Coffins for the Anthropocene Extinction. This series of acrylic painted wooden boxes details life cycles of creatures whose very species survival is threatened by human activities. I have started with insects and amphibians and am progressing up to small mammals. The works are intended to be displayed as a group, but can also be purchased separately. They are equipped with hanging hooks and felt backing and can be wall hung or used a boxes.
The landscape paintings are done from small on site watercolor sketches and photos. They document state and national parks and forest lands and the flora and fauna inhabitants i've met there. Many were done based on a 2012 thru hike of the 2,178 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Landscape painting shares much in common with long distance hiking in that it is a slow comtemplative activity amidst a world that operates at a higher velocity. As such these works ask the viewer to stop and live in the present moment and to touch a deeper reality briefly. I am a student and admirer of the Hudson River School, which sees the natural world as a place to renew one's spirit and sense a glimpse of the unfathomable nature of the divine.