Wendi Schneider is a Denver-based visual artist illuminating impressions of grace in the natural world with photography and precious metals. Drawn to the serenity she finds in elegant organic forms, she preserves vanishing moments of beauty in our vulnerable environment. Her work is influenced by the lush landscapes of Memphis, New Orleans, New York, and a background in painting and art history - in particular the work of the Pictorialists and Tonalists.
Born in Memphis, TN in 1955, Schneider holds an AA in Art History from Stephens College and a BA in Painting from Newcomb College at Tulane. She turned to photography in the early ‘80s to reference models for her paintings. Mesmerized by the alchemy of the darkroom, yet missing the sensuousness of oils, she layered glazes on her prints to create a heightened reality. After re-creating the 1901 Picayune’s Creole Cook Book for The Times-Picayune newspaper, Schneider moved to New York, where she photographed for advertising, book covers and Victoria Magazine, continuing to create her fine artwork. She moved to Denver in 1994, later sidelining her fine art practice while working in commissioned photography, art direction, and design.
Inspired to return to fine art photography in 2010, she soon began her ongoing series States of Grace, engaging digital to capture, layer and print her images, then applying thin sheets of gold or silver on verso to infuse the artist's hand and suffuse the treasured subjects with the spirituality and sanctity of the precious metals - insuring each limited edition print is a unique object of reverence.
Schneider’s work has been published and exhibited extensively in solo and group shows worldwide include AIPAD, Art Basel, and The Berlin and Barcelona Foto Biennales, and are held in permanent collections at New Orleans Museum of Art, the Center For Creative Photography, Memphis Brooks Museum, Auburn University Library Collection, the Try-Me Collection and numerous private collections.