As a former potter, I am very interested in the spontaneous, the uncontrolled, the ‘happy accident.’ As a student and fan of Jazz, I am intrigued and thrilled by improvisation and the great things that can happen when self criticism, self doubt and fear are banished, and emotion, heart and creativity are given free rein.
I really enjoy the immediacy of painting; act now, get results now, and what you see is what you get, which is somewhat unlike the “delayed gratification” of working with clay.
However, some of the concepts which were important to me as a potter definitely play a role in what I do now as a painter. In working with clay and glazes, and the variable atmosphere of the kiln, there is much that one can influence, but not really control.
There is a sense in which one is both performer and audience; you act, observe the results of your actions, and react to those results. I enjoy painting in this same spontaneous, improvisational way; apply color to the surface, see what happens, respond with more color, see what emerges, and react to that.
I think it is much like jazz; listening, reacting and playing simultaneously, so that what emerges is influenced by each musician, but never under total control. Often, the unexpected results are the most expressive and most enjoyable.
My paintings are abstract landscapes, based on memories of the places I have lived in and visited; the great plains, north woods and lake country of my youth, the Carolina mountains and seascapes of my adult life, and the desert Southwest and Europe.
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I am inspired by nature, the landscape, particularly wide-open spaces, expansive vistas. I am a true flatlander, having spent much of my childhood in the Great Plains of Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota, so big sky and open spaces turn me on. My most recent paintings are inspired by the countryside of Poland, where my wife and I have spent a great deal of time over the past 15 years. Within the language of landscape, I am using motion, light, color and energy to evoke an emotional state, to create a sense of mystery.
I most often use acrylic paints, either on 300 lb. watercolor paper or on canvas. I am constantly experimenting with various ways of applying paint; brushes, fingertips, sponges, palette knives, paper towels, squeegees, markers, etc. I often mount paper on cradled wood panels, eliminating the need for matting and framing. My paintings, whether on paper or canvas, are typically finished with multiple coats of UV-protective, high-gloss acrylic varnish.
“The Works of Wendell Myers,” Solo Show, Community Arts, Winston Salem, NC Sept 8th-20th, 2011.
“Wendell Myers Abstract Landscapes,” Solo Show, Willow’s Bistro, January and February, 2012
Featured artist, SaxArt Gallery, Saxapahaw NC, March 2013
“Night Music I,” (collaborative solo exhibit and concert with Pamela Howland at the Innovation Quarter in Winston Salem) October 3rd, 2013
“Night Music II,” (collaborative solo art exhibit /music event with Pamela Howland and others, celebrating the 204th birthday of Polish composer Frederic Chopin, Innovation Quarter) February 28th and March 1, 2014
“Landscapes and Nocturnes,” Solo Show, Willow’s Bistro Winston Salem, November and December, 2014
“Landscape and Reminiscence,” Golden Belt Arts, Durham NC, Sept 39th-Oct 25th, 2016 Multiple 2 and 3 person shows at Artworks Gallery, Winston Salem, NC 2014-present.
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