DEMONSTRATION FOR APRIL 19th Meeting
Wendell G. Montague
WENDELL G. MONTAGUE
VARIETY.. It makes my creative juices flow.
This has been Mr. Montague's motto for the last forty to fifty years. As a teacher he wanted his students to express themselves in a style other than just traditional. He expanded his own 1 horizons through the American Artist book club and workshops with the likes of Rex Brant, Kwan Jung, Tom Hill, J. Milford Ellison, Robert Landry L. T. "Bud" Shackleford, and the most influencial was Robert E. Wood. Born and reared in Montpelier, Idaho, Wendell married his Wyoming Sweetheart. After 35 years as an artist and a teacher in San Diego most of his influences came from western subject matter. Montague states, "Most of my paintings are in transparent watercolor and have a sense of composition and design that is usually worked out through a series of thumbnail sketches before the painting has begun. His strong sense of of design are especially evident in his vignettes and composites.
Past president of both the San Diego Watercolor Society (of which he was also a founding member) and the San Diego Art Institute and is a signature member of Watercolor West.
He received his first first place award at the Utah State Fair while he was completing his MA Degree at Utah State University. This was the first of many awards his watercolors have received. One of his most treasured awards was placing second to Fredrick Whitaker in an invitational show.
Mr. Montague has made many wooden models of barns, piers, and other subjects for his students to use and draw from so they didn't rely on photographs. A guest summer instructor at BYU in Provo, Utah in 1973, he has juried many shows, conducted his on-location plein-air Workshops primarily in the San Diego area, and has been in demand as a demonstration lecturer and artist.During the last few years he has taken up the medium of acrylics, the most exciting and unique have been a style he refers to as "acrylic drop"creating an abstract flowing of color images on illustration board and either finding images to complete the work or simply painting subjects intertwined with the abstract.
He is presently looking for galleries interested in handling his work.
Meetings, Saturday, April 19, 2014
General Meeting, 1:00 pm.
Opened To The Public.
Clairemont Lutheran Church,