TitleStates of Grace: the Aviary
Entry descriptionIlluminating the grace of the natural world with a personal interpretation rather than a strict representation, to find balance between the real and the imagined. Archival pigment ink on vellum with white gold leaf applied behind to create texture, drama, and illuminate the treasured subjects.
About the photographerWendi Schneider is an award-winning artist whose sensual photographs are often recognized for their focus on detail, grace of composition and delicate balance between the real and the imagined. A passionate Pictorialist, her images are inspired by the sinuous lines of the natural world, a background in painting and art history and the lush beauty of her southern heritage. She is best known for her gilded vellum photographs of figura, flora and fauna, hand-painted photographs and Polaroid transfers. A major contributor to the original Victoria Magazine, her portfolio also includes nearly 100 book covers and the re-creation of the 1901 Picayune’s Creole Cook Book. She moved to Denver from New York in 1994, continuing to photograph for magazines, book covers and annual reports. She spent many years designing and photographing for a select group of web clients, primarily the luxurious, award-winning Pura Vida Fitness and Spa, for whom she provided art direction, web and print design, marketing, digital display and photography, including large backlit plexiglass nature images to illuminate spa treatment rooms. She recently turned over most of that work to an agency to devote more time to her fine art photography. Schneider’s latest body of work, “States of Grace” comprises painterly figura, flora and fauna images to illuminate the grace of the natural world. She creates pigment ink prints on vellum and hand applies 24k gold, white gold or silver leaf to create texture and a subtle glow, highlighting the intrinsic value of the treasured subjects and imbuing them with the historic spirituality of the precious metals. Her photographs have been exhibited and collected internationally. She is represented by A Gallery For Fine Photography in New Orleans.back to gallery