Featured Artist Wendy Gordin

Enjoy this collection of artist Wendy Gordin’s contemporary oil paintings that capture moments in life. Visit her website to see more of her work.


oil painting of a man on a phone sitting on the sidewalk by Wendy Gordin

“Are You Coming” oil, 11″ x 14″


I wish that I had discovered oil painting much sooner than I did.


oil painting of a young girl with a blue bow by Wendy Gordin

“Blue Bow” oil, 8″ x 10″


Painting really was a mid-life crisis for me, but once I got started, I made up for a lot of lost time.


oil painting of an elderly woman deep in thought by Wendy Gordin

“Lost In Thought” oil, 11″ x 14″


I began studying at the California Art Institute in Westlake Village, California. I studied portraiture and figure drawing and painting, working from life. It’s amazing how once you begin painting you notice color and light so much more vividly.


oil painting of a little girl eating an ice cream cone by Wendy Gordin

“B Is For Bob” oil, 16″ x 20″


I was hooked. Since then, I have studied with many incredible teachers over the past twenty-two years.


oil painting of a boat in a harbor

“Baby Blue” Oil, 11″ x 14″


My favorite subjects to paint are scenes depicting figures who tell a story. I always have a camera at the ready to capture moments that I can then recreate on canvas. I am also attracted to scenes that are washed in sunlight. With those paintings, my subject can be pretty much anything.


oil painting of a lemon picker by Wendy Gordin

“Lemon Picker” oil, 16″ x 20″


I have recently built an art studio on our property, which is on the top of a hill in the middle of a lemon grove. Being in my studio painting with my three dogs by my side is my idea of heaven.


Oil painting of a mother carrying a child by Wendy Gordin

“Motherhood” Oil, 9″ x 12″


I hold workshops where I teach, as well as bringing in other teachers. I love the camaraderie of small groups painting together. You learn so much from each other, and are inspired and encouraged to push each other to a new level.


oil painting of two old men by Wendy Gordin

“The Barbers” oil, 11″ x 14″


Painting should be enjoyable. It’s unfortunate that so many artists lose their voice trying to paint like someone else. I encourage my students to learn the basic skills of paint mixing, value and composition, but then to paint what inspires them. Without that inspiration, their painting will be just another painting.


oil painting of a man carrying hats and baskets by Wendy Gordin

“Hats and Baskets” oil, 12″ x 16″


I have been the president of the Westlake Village Art Guild for the past two years. I feel it’s very important to enhance the vitality of the arts in our community. We are involved in several shows a year. One is for high school juniors and seniors. Scholarships are offered to award-winning students who want to pursue a college education in the arts.


Artist Wendy Gordin

Artist Wendy Gordin


If you can start painting earlier in life than I did, you have that many more years of enjoyment. Get going!

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