Mawhinney, Wanda

Community: Port Ludlow
Phone: 360-437-9081
Media: painting - oil & cold wax

Past exhibits and events with Northwind

2017 Showcase artist (click to see all 2017 artists) | 2016 & 2015 Showcase artist

Artist Statement

Working in a non-objective style creates for me an element of excitement and surprise. My love of color and texture allows me to create bold compositions. I choose colors, then intuitively allow the painting to evolve, building layers and letting them create their own energy.

I switched from acrylics to oils a few years ago because I love the buttery feel of oils and how they softly blend and flow. My newest passion is using oil and cold wax on board.

As I work with this medium, scraping and scratching through many layers, various landscapes seem to be emerging, revealing what lies beneath.

Since moving to the Northwest, my color palette has shifted from desert Southwest reds, oranges and yellows to cool blues, grays and greens.

I'm inspired by the independent spirit of modern abstract artists such as Helen Frankenthaler and Richard Diebenkorn. Robert Burridge says, "A painting is never finished, it just stops in interesting places." Those interesting stopping places are what keep me painting, and I'm often amazed and delighted at the final results.


Born and raised in southern Idaho, I lived 10 years in Las Vegas and 35 years in Tucson before moving to Port Ludlow in 2005. I began as an elementary school teacher, then spent 20 years teaching yoga and running my own neuromuscular therapy business.

I've had a one-woman show and appeared in numerous juried shows, receiving a Merit Award, a Second Place and two Best of Shows. While in Arizona, my work appeared in Sedona at the Art Center and Arte-Misia Gallery. I was a member of Port Townsend Gallery for seven years. I managed the Port Ludlow Artists' League Gallery for four years, then served as League President for two years. At present I am Chairman of the Exhibit Committee for Northwind Arts Center.

My contemporary abstract work can be seen in Northwind Showcase Gallery; Port Ludlow Artists' League Gallery and The Inn at Port Ludlow.

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