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I use the landscape as a point of departure. From it I distill what is mysterious, ephemeral and often dreamlike — nuances of fog, rain and quickly changing weather, or the play of dark form/mass against brilliant light. Most, therefore, are portraits of a particular place or time of day where or when shadows are deep and the light is intense or uncommon. The experience of working on-site in these constantly changing conditions becomes an integral part of the piece.
More recently, I’ve been working on a series of night scenes, both rural and urban. Objects and images which by daylight seem incidental and commonplace, become simplified and extraordinary at night under limited or artificial light. These result in compositions that speak as much about form and abstract shape as they do about atmosphere and essence.
Structural, man-made elements have become increasingly important in my work---old garages, mills; long-used, intimate or messy work spaces. These often provide a sharp contrast to the sometimes overwhelming beauty of the landscape.
California artist Wendy Goldberg’s rural and urban landscape drawings and paintings have been variously classified as Intimist, Tonalist and Impressionist. In truth, they are difficult to categorize. Her atmospheric, semi-abstract, luminous landscapes have an eerie expressiveness, and the capacity to draw out the essential mood of a subject through simplicity and suggestion.
Wendy Goldberg grew up in New York and New England and graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca where she fell in love with the moody, dynamic skies and landscape. Although she has lived in northern California for many years, with frequent trips to the east coast, she is equally inspired by the sensibilities of these two quite different and dramatic landscapes. “Goldberg’s drawings provide an element of tension, retain a sense of mystery...imply that the rather simple landscapes of nature contain unrevealed secrets. They contain a serenity of expression which never seeks to obscure life’s essential riskiness.” *
Wendy Goldberg received her BFA from Cornell University and was awarded fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center. She has been commended by artists and curators alike including Philip Linhares, Wayne Thiebaud, John Toki, Susan Jane Walp, Karin Breuer and Marian Parmenter.
Her work is included in the Achenbach Collection of Prints and Drawings of the San Francisco Legionof Honor Museum, the Haas Collection,Genentech Corp, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist’s Gallery, New York Drawing Center Viewing Program, Engel & Davis, LLP, Anderson Consulting, Berkman, Bottger & Rodd as well as many other private and public collections throughout the country and abroad.