Profile

Wendy Morosoff Smith was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in prairie towns in Saskatchewan where she was greatly influenced by the landscape. She studied graphic design and worked as an award-winning designer throughout western Canada and the Yukon. After a trip to Florence, Italy in 1990 where she studied printmaking at the Santa Reparata studio, Wendy’s career changed direction. Wendy now focuses on painting and printmaking, working out of her studio in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, as well as the Dundarave Print Workshop on Granville Island in Vancouver.

Wendy’s work is exhibited throughout Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia.

Artist Statement

The horizon line has always been of great interest to me. This fascination is likely the result of growing up on the prairies where the horizon forms a dramatic point of reference. The horizon is the place where the land kisses the sky, the meeting of the heavens and the earth, the threshold of the physical and the spiritual. It has also become for me, a metaphor for time. Like the future, the horizon is always just ahead and beyond, an illusion really, and never attainable, for as we approach it, it moves forward and pulls us along with it. It is this mystery, this invisible force, that I strive to express in my art.

I explore the tension between abstract and landscape tradition. Blending abstraction and landscape symbolism with the study of light and space, my pieces are as much meditations on place, time, the elements, memory and perception as they are landscapes.