My passions have always been painting, writing and theatre. I use many mediums in my painting but primarily Oils, Acrylics and Watercolour.
I studied at Bretton Hall, College of Music, Art and Drama, in the 1960’s to become a teacher specializing in Art. I taught full-time for almost 27 years, during which time I married and had my children. I then took early retirement at fifty and achieved another lifelong ambition to be an actress by training at the Courtyard Theatre Training Company in London. Later in life I obtained a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art at Carmarthen Art School in Wales. (June 2009)
All aspects of theatre life are still my passion but I am a better painter than actress! This perhaps was hinted at by my daughter when I played the lead in Eugene Ionesco’s very wordy, highbrow play called, ‘ Exit the King’, to the paying, London public. After the matinee she exclaimed; “Don’t ever do that again mum, it was so embarrassing!” I still laugh when I think of it and of course she was right!
Eventually we moved to Wales where I continued to paint and take part in exhibitions among other things. Having divorced when I was nearly 60 I decided to study Philosophy for three years at The University of Wales in Lampeter UK from 1999 to 2002. That was a wonderful and happy time.
After that I taught part time in a school in Carmathen and also taught Art at adult education evening classes for Aberystwyth University for about 3 years. Wanting to think and paint more conceptually I decided to study for a BA Honours in Fine Art in my late sixties at Carmarthen Art School.
After graduating in June 2009 I won first prize with, a painting called The Bowl of Night, in a major competition at MOMA in Machynlleth in Wales and in December that year I moved back to Wellington in Somerset where I have continued to paint. I also re-married a year ago and have now moved to Taunton.
I have exhibited in group shows in the London Mall Gallery, the Society of Women Artists in Westminster and at many other venues in the UK. I have also had solo exhibitions and many open studio events at my home. I have demonstrated and taught painting and the history of art to many art-groups and clubs in England and Wales over a number of years and loved every minute.
I am a very eclectic, passionate painter with several styles and many different subject matters. Primarily I range from figurative to semi abstract works. My subjects include flowers, landscapes, buildings, people, and nudes. Many of my paintings can be seen on my website www.wendyhead.co.uk and also on Fine Art America.
Finally, when I was 20 years old I read a book called ‘Anyone Can Do Anything’ by a lady called Betty MacDonald (If I recall it correctly) It made me laugh a lot and formed my attitude to life to which I have added, ‘And it’s never too Late!