Wendy Griffin - interview for Virtual Bunch
Wendy Griffin is an artist known for her captivating paintings, primarily crafted with the exquisite Unison and Gordon Becin pastels. Based in Guernsey, Wendy draws inspiration from the island’s scenic beauty, which is prominently featured in her stunning seascapes.

Beyond Guernsey, her portfolio also includes enchanting scenes from the picturesque landscapes of the Lake District, Cornwall, and Devon. Originally from West Sussex, Wendy moved to Guernsey during her childhood with her parents, further enriching her artistic journey.

During our conversation, we delved into Wendy’s artistic influences, discussing the artists who inspire her work, her favorite artworks, and activities she would recommend to first-time visitors of the Channel Islands.

Wendy, how you got started with painting?

I have always had an interest in drawing and painting, but was limited to time whilst studying at school and college, and then working as a civil servant. It was only after I had more time once our children were born that I took it up further.

How would you describe your artistic style?

I am a traditional painter who likes to capture the scene in front of me, but I like to bring in light and atmosphere where possible.

On your website you mention painting Guernsey seascapes, the Lake District, and Cornwall. What draws you to these particular locations?

It’s the light, the contrasts and the water. I absolutely love the way colour changes in the sea or a lake, dependant on what the clouds and the weather are doing at the time.

Photo credit: Wendy Griffin

Photo credit: Wendy Griffin

What challenges do you face as an artist, and how do you overcome them?

Motivation is my biggest hurdle. I can easily waste time procrastinating and then be cross with myself for not venturing out earlier! I often go out with friends to paint.

Are there any artists or movements that have had a significant impact on your work?

The Impressionists. I do love some of Turner’s work, but most of my inspiration comes from living artists around the world, too many to count! In my studio you will find books and magazines featuring many of my favourite artists.

Do you have a favorite piece of your own work? If so, what makes it special to you?

Funnily enough my favourite pieces of my own work are not of Guernsey, even though I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. They are of the Lake District and the Exe Estuary, places I often visit and have good memories of time spent painting outside with friends.

How do you hope people feel or what do you want them to experience when they view your artwork?

I hope people can see more into my paintings than just looking at a scene. I hope they can feel the sense of calm as they look at my paintings of still waters, and the energy and magnitude of creation when they look at one of my wild sea paintings.

What’s the local dish you can’t live without?

I don’t like shellfish but I do enjoy local Brill or Turbot when I can.

Imagine a first time visitor to the Channel Islands asks you for recommendation of what to do. What places or activities would you recommend?

I would recommend walking along the south coast cliffs, and to visit the museums and Castle Cornet etc for the Guernsey history. For the young family I would recommend any of the west coast beaches and on a rainy day Oaty and Joey’s playbarn.

Photo credit: Wendy Griffin

Photo credit: Wendy Griffin

Where can people find your work if they are interested in purchasing or commissioning a piece?

You can find originals of my work at Guernsey Picture Framers, Sula Gallery, le Friquet hotel and at my home studio (phone by appointment 07911 720127) plus cards and prints of many of my paintings at local outlets around the island. I also have a website and I am on Facebook and Instagram as Wendy Griffin Art.

Wendy is exhibiting at the Art in the Park at Saumarez Park in April 2024. It is a solo exhibition where she will have many paintings, cards, prints and calendars for sale. If you’re in the area, feel free to drop by and explore her artwork!