By Tripp Liles
Wendy Wimberly is an artist with notable skill, creative eye and caring heart. She has been painting for many years yet she is defined not by the stroke of a brush but rather her strong desire to provide compassion.
“My mother asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said I wanted to be a mother,” Wendy Wimberly said. “And that’s my greatest gift. And its also God’s greatest gift to me.”
I discovered her art at The Comfortable Chair Store in Roswell…yes they also sell art. At first glance it is immediately noticeable that real talent is in control of the brush.
“Wendy is a gifted artist who is able to capture the awe-inspiring moments of just being one with nature,” stated Julia Daniels, owner of The Comfortable Chair Store. “Her use of color and light evoke the essence of the calm and serenity found in our most beautiful mountains, oceans and pastures.”
On the creative side, Wimberly is not driven by the same desires as many artists. Some artists, especially the more gifted ones, have a rather myopic view on life. Not Wimberly. She is confident of her brush strokes and creative vision, but the human side, the caring side, is front and center. She is a breast cancer survivor with a degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland and a Master of Nursing from Emory University. Additionally, she is a certified perinatal loss counselor.
Wimberly has been married to Don Wimberly, a retired Episcopal Bishop known as The Bishop of Texas, for more than 50 years. They only recently moved to the area, residing at St. George Village in Roswell, to be near their two children. As a daughter of an Army officer she’s been moving her whole life so the routine is familiar.
While art was always a passion she began to take it seriously in 1974, living in Kansas. Her work is in watercolor, oil, and acrylic, and she studied with noted artists like Herb Thomsen, Tony Couch, and William Mart. Her artistic career includes being a volunteer educator and presenter of art related workshops and she has exhibited and sold her art throughout the country. It was after winning an award, early in her exhibition career, that gave her the confidence to push on. Emotion also plays a big part in her work, which is driven by that caring core.
“I’m more of a traditionalist. I’m not particularly flamboyant and if I were to say what I wanted my paintings to do for people… I want you to look at my paintings and I want you to be able to climb into the frame and walk the paths…smell the pines… feel and touch the flowers. I think there is so much hatred and anger in our world today. And rather than do chaotic paintings I wanted to do paintings that could bring peace to the soul.”