• WENDI SCHNEIDER

    WENDI SCHNEIDER

    Wendi Schneider is a Denver-based visual artist widely known for her ongoing series of hand-gilded photographs, States of Grace –– illuminated impressions of grace in the natural world. Drawn to the serenity she finds in the sinuous elegance of organic forms, she embraces photography to preserve vanishing moments of beauty in our vulnerable environment. Schneider’s gilding process creates images that seemingly dance on the paper’s surface amidst reflections of light on precious metals, creating a synthesis of technique and subject.

  • Born in Memphis, TN in 1955, Schneider grew up in a family of artists, later earning an AA in Art History from Stephens College and a BA in Painting from Newcomb College at Tulane University. Her interest in photography germinated in the early 1980s with the use of a camera to reference models for oil paintings. Mesmerized by the possibilities of the photographic art form and the alchemy of the darkroom, yet missing the sensuousness of oils, Schneider began to layer oils on photographs to manipulate the boundaries between the real and the imagined. This process laid the groundwork for the unique layering and gilding that would later become the foundation of States of Grace.

    • Wendi Schneider An Evening with the Moon, 2018 pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf 19 x 13 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      An Evening with the Moon, 2018
      pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf
      19 x 13 inches
    • Wendi Schneider Flamingo, 2012 pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf 11 x 8.5 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      Flamingo, 2012
      pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf
      11 x 8.5 inches
    • Wendi Schneider Tudor Rose, 2017 pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf 18 x 12.5 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      Tudor Rose, 2017
      pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf
      18 x 12.5 inches
  • Already I have shed the leaves of youth, 

    stripped by the wind of time down to the truth 

    of winter branches. Linear and alone 

    I stand, a lens for lives beyond my own, 

    a frame through which another's fire may glow, 

    a harp on which another's passion, blow. 

     

    The pattern of my boughs, an open chart 

    spread on the sky, to others may impart 

    its leafless mysteries that I once prized,

    before bare roots and branches equalized, 

    tendrils that tap the rain or twigs the sun 

    are all the same, shadow and substance one. 

    Now that my vulnerable leaves are cast aside, 

    there's nothing left to shield, nothing to hide. 

     

    Blow through me, Life, pared down at last to bone, 

    so fragile and so fearless have I grown!

     

    Anne Morrow Lindbergh

  • My work is a celebration of the senses anchored in the visual — an exploration of my spiritual connection to...

    My work is a celebration of the senses anchored in the visual — an exploration of my spiritual connection to our vulnerable natural world and the transcendence I find in its beauty. In those magical moments when my eyes and essence are engaged, I photograph what I feel, as much as see.  The images are layered digitally with color and texture to manipulate the boundaries between the real and imagined, inspired by my background in painting and art history. 

    -Wendi Schneider

     

    • Wendi Schneider The Muse Among Whispers, 2019 pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf 18 x 12.5 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      The Muse Among Whispers, 2019
      pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf
      18 x 12.5 inches
    • Wendi Schneider Little Black Angel, 2019 pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf 11 x 8.5 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      Little Black Angel, 2019
      pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf
      11 x 8.5 inches
  • Carefully the leaves of autumn sprinkle down the tinny sound of little dyings and skies sated of ruddy sunsets of...

    Carefully

    the leaves of autumn

    sprinkle down the tinny

    sound of little dyings

    and skies sated

    of ruddy sunsets

    of roseate dawns

    roil ceaselessly in

    cobweb greys and turn

    to black

    for comfort.

     

    Only lovers 

    see the fall 

    a signal end to endings 

    a gruffish gesture alerting 

    those who will not be alarmed 

    that we begin to stop 

    in order to begin 

    again.

     

    — Maya Angelou

  • Remember the night you first saw all the stars reaching out to you a circle of friends dancing in the...

    Remember the night

    you first saw

    all the stars

    reaching out to you

    a circle of friends

    dancing in the light

    by a breezy fire

    flames bend

    and lick the bottom

    of an iron pot

    full of magic potion

    spilling over your lips

    down your wrists

    and arms raised high

    to feel, to show

    life is here

    down by the roots

    of trees so tall

    you must fly

    to see the top

    and fly we will

    as we run through the forest

    laughing out loud

    we leave behind

    a place and time

    where nothing is real

     

    — Joseph Miller

    • Wendi Schneider Crescent Moon, 2018 pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf 18 x 12.5 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      Crescent Moon, 2018
      pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf
      18 x 12.5 inches
    • Wendi Schneider Hydrangaes, 2020 pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf 22 x 17 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      Hydrangaes, 2020
      pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf
      22 x 17 inches
    • Wendi Schneider Twilight, 2012 pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf 18 x 12.5 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      Twilight, 2012
      pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf
      18 x 12.5 inches
  • A leisurely withdrawal to tranquility,

    The sun, she descends.

    Signifying an end,

    Yet also a beginning -

    New start, new change, new opportunity. 

     

    Gaze upon the sky spread before you like a canvas.

    Mother Nature hand-paints tinges of each hue,

    Mellow watercolours from periwinkle to scarlet.

    Each day an ever-changing embodiment of her aptitude,

    A fresh spectacle of allure.

     

    Halflight turns to scenes of soft dusk,

    Tiny opals of stars embellish the stratosphere,

    The moon now smiles his spectral lustre...

     

    — Leah Faye, Halflight

  • I follow intuitively where each image takes me, honoring the variations within the edition to elevate the ephemeral. Printed on...

    I follow intuitively where each image takes me, honoring the variations within the edition to elevate the ephemeral. Printed on translucent vellum or kozo, these ethereal illusions are gilded with precious metals on the verso, creating a luminosity that varies as the ambient light transitions. 

    My process infuses the artist’s hand and suffuses the treasured subjects with the implied spirituality of the precious metals – echoing the moment of capture and ensuring each illuminated impression is a unique object of reverence. My work is testament and tribute, adoration and obligation.

    -Wendi Schneider

    • Wendi Schneider Old Roses, 2014 pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf 22 x 17 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      Old Roses, 2014
      pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf
      22 x 17 inches
    • Wendi Schneider Passion Flower II, 2016 pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf 11 x 12.5 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      Passion Flower II, 2016
      pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf
      11 x 12.5 inches
    • Wendi Schneider As the Snow Melts, 2020 pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf 18 x 12.5 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      As the Snow Melts, 2020
      pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf
      18 x 12.5 inches
  • The rose will disappear in the shadow of the night for a moment or two. Just for a cool break...

    The rose will disappear 

    in the shadow of the night

    for a moment or two.

    Just for a cool break

    only to bloom on the Moon

     

    — Shofi Ahmed

  • Recognize your muse

    Among the multitude of whispers.

     

    To see her, through many colors, shining, 

    Tune your senses

    To hear the highest tones,

     

    Fly beyond the scale 

    To hear her melody, 

    Tune ears and eyes

    To colors beyond the spectrum, 

    Recognize her beyond yellow and blue

    Creating your own rainbow;

     

    Have a way with her

    To catch her grace in the sublime

    For the Muse to recognize you

     

    And choose among multitudes; 

    Whisper back to her, using newly invented notes

    And show her the new colors of the rainbow.

     

    — Dejan Stojanovic

    • Wendi Schneider Lily Pads, 2016 pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf 11 x 8.5 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      Lily Pads, 2016
      pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf
      11 x 8.5 inches
    • Wendi Schneider Reach, 2016 pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf 11 x 8.5 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      Reach, 2016
      pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf
      11 x 8.5 inches
  • As dusk descends my stride holds steady

    buoyed by the gentle embrace

    of the downing golden sun

    early shadows fall soft

     

    vesper's velvet blanket

    drapes 'round my shoulders

    envelops me in calm

    there is still road to travel

     

    eager to keep the journey

    I'm drawn by the beauty

    of the rising moon in sunset

    coaxed by a soothing breeze I venture on toward my love

     

    rolling amber fires the lane

    spreads warm 'cross the horizon

    mist begins to rise and waft

    nestled in the valley

    I see my hearth & home guilded copper in this eventide

     

    my heart quickens

    stirred by this gorgeous vale

    the ribbon of its brook entwines my soul in wonder

     

    my smile sweetens my pace livens

    I hum a quiet evensong

    in the grace of this splendid day

     

    — Rob Kistner

    • Wendi Schneider Peacock, 2012 pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf 11 x 8.5 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      Peacock, 2012
      pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf
      11 x 8.5 inches
    • Wendi Schneider The Truth of Winter Branches, 2019 pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf 19 x 13 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      The Truth of Winter Branches, 2019
      pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf
      19 x 13 inches
  • So easily am I distracted by the beauty of trees. Twisted branches, laden with leaves, draw me to the imagined...

    So easily am I distracted by the beauty of trees.

    Twisted branches, laden with leaves, draw me to

    the imagined histories of moments past.

     

    What lovers swooned beneath these boughs? 

    Which birds taught broods to spread their wings? 

    What wisdom can we glean merely by being near?

     

    -Wendi Schneider

    • Wendi Schneider Hibiscus, 2011 pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf 18 x 12.5 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      Hibiscus, 2011
      pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf
      18 x 12.5 inches
    • Wendi Schneider Orange Hibiscus, 2014 pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf 18 x 12.5 inches
      Wendi Schneider
      Orange Hibiscus, 2014
      pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf
      18 x 12.5 inches
    • W E N D I S C H N E I D E R Gardenia, 2011 pigment ink on velom over white gold leaf 8 x 5.5 inches

      W E N D I  S C H N E I D E R

      Gardenia, 2011 

      pigment ink on velom over white gold leaf

      8 x 5.5 inches