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Cary Wendell
Cary Wendell

Painting has always been part of my life. As a teenager I started taking watercolor classes on weekends with my Junior High art teacher. I loved painting landscapes and old houses in southeastern Pennsylvania where I grew up. My painting training is from Haverford College (BA in Fine Arts), The Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, and The Museum School in Boston. Later I earned an MFA in Scenic Design and Technology from Ohio University.

Theater became a new artistic outlet for me when my wife Peggi and I moved from Cambridge, Mass. to Portsmouth, NH in 1981 where we helped found Generic Theater, a cooperative theater company. A year later I partnered with several artists to form a mural company. The two organizations worked in tandem for over a decade sharing studio, rehearsal, and performance space as well as talented friends.

After a 22 year stint as the designer and technical director for the theater and dance department at Phillips Exeter Academy, I retired in 2020 to Norridgewock, and returned to my childhood passion for painting. I soon fell in love with the area.

Nature and the landscape have always been my primary inspiration. Now that I can spend more time painting, I recognize a few themes that recur in my painting such as waves and reflections on water, tree branches silhouetted against the sky, the abstract patterns formed by ice or snow, and the drama of atmospheric lighting effects in fog, sunrises, sunsets, and approaching storms. My preferred medium shifts between pastel, acrylic, watercolor, sumi ink, and pencil.

When I’m not painting, I can be found doing Tai Chi with Peggi at any number of local parks, scenic overlooks, or my driveway. Beauty surrounds me.

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