Wende Essrow


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I am a local artist from West Falls, New York. I have been painting for 40 plus years, ever since receiving a tin box of watercolors as a birthday gift as a child. Painting is my way of celebrating nature, the seasons, the birds, the animals, the trees, the sunrises that bring joy to each day. I love dawn. I feel a special peace on a quiet winter morning when  the sky is pink, hazy purple, all muted pastels, and fresh snow is on every tree branch as a backdrop.

I am so grateful to live an area of seasonal drama. I hope to share the feeling of excitement and wonder as nature unfolds the secrets of each new day; the unique wildlife sightings, light, weather and mood in my paintings.

My first title, The Paintbrush Dreamer, shares the feeling and joy I feel when gathering ideas for paintings. The book is available at the Albright Knox gift shop as well as the Burchfield Penney art gallery gift shops which as a new author and longtime artist means a lot to me. The book is now also being carried at local Barnes and Nobles stores, The Erie County and Southern Tier Library systems and many bookstores in Western New York as well as the Adirondack region.

It continues to be an exciting year for me as a newly published author attending signings and local workshop events. I am hoping my second title, Forest Secret’s and the Artisit’s Fire continues to touch the hearts of children and families and spark an appreciation for the living soul within the life force of our partners on the planet, the trees.