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Wendy Botto

Graduated from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1986 with a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art. From Didcot, Oxfordshire, exhibiting regularly in the county, now member of Blewbury Art Group & Sunningwell School of Art.

"I love to let myself go when given the freedom to paint. I use a variety of media, with the aim always to create a happy, lively celebration of the subject – whether it be Italian Piemonte, Portofino, Venice, simple Oxfordshire scenes, still life or figurative. It was once observed that it is always sunny in my pictures, even if it was in fact raining!"

My work is often compared to Van Gogh but I do not use black and in fact use a very restricted palette, preferring to associate myself with some of the work from the fauvist movement and other colourists.

I always work from life or photographs, (but only if I have been there and sensed the atmosphere) it is never fictitious. I feel that anyone can paint if given the chance. I organise painting days throughout the year at different venues, where I offer tuition if required.