ABOUT WENDY MUNRO
Wendy is an incredible, realistic wildlife painter from Napier with a love of nature. Though she is reluctant to be labelled or pigeon holed into any particular subject matter – she does enjoy painting animals in their natural habitat and is extremely good at it.
Born and raised in the King Country, Wendy had a keen interest in the local culture and was influenced by the sea, lakes and wilderness nearby. She is a third generation New Zealander with strong roots in Celtic culture. With three grown children and six grandchildren, Wendy is a self-taught artist and has painted on and off for about fifteen years. She now resides in Hawkes Bay and a love of the New Zealand landscape and seascape, along with a strong passion for the conservation of all indigenous wildlife and the environment is reflected in her paintings.
Wildlife and New Zealand native birds feature regularly in her work and Wendy believes that capturing their 'essence' is critical in a world where these species are becoming more and more threatened by human interference in their ever-shrinking habitats.
Wendy believes that ‘inch by inch and species by species, shrinking wildlife numbers and wild places are an indicator of the huge impact and pressure we are exerting on our planet, undermining the very living fabric that sustains us all: nature and biodiversity.’ All over our planet animals are fast disappearing from loss of habitat, poaching, and climate change. Unless something is done now we will see many species extinct over the next 20 years. She never in her wildest dreams thought this would happen and the fact that her Grandchildren and their children will probably never be able to see these animals in the wild is an area of deep concern.
Wendy is Inspired by the beauty of the environment and strives to create a 'sense of place' or 'animation' in her work. Wendy has many ideas for the direction of her art and we are very keen to see where that will head. In the meantime, we thoroughly enjoy her current subject matter and hope she will continue to bring these beautiful animals ‘to life on canvas’ for some time.