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Meet Wendy Kwasny of Wendy Kwasny Fine Art in La Mesa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Wendy Kwasny.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Wendy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I was about five, I was diagnosed with ADHD. Instead of opting to put me on medication my astute mother noted that I would hyperfocus on creating art and she placed me in private art lessons. Ever since painting and creating has been my passion. I continued my art education right through to college where I received my Bachelors of Fine Art from San Diego State University in 1999.

Currently, I work quite prolifically creating new artwork each week. I often work out of Art on 30th, a studio, and gallery in North Park or in my home studio in La Mesa.

I love capturing people in the paint and striving to create a mood and a story with very little information. As I go through my days, I am looking at everything with an artist’s eye, always searching for the right light or composition for my next work. I often take commissions and work closely with clients to make their dream painting come true.

I am highly inspired by my own children and the adventurous life we lead. I find youth and the process of growing up, fascinating and it plays into my art and subject matter frequently. We spend a lot of time outdoors, camping, hiking, gardening and enjoying the ocean.

Has it been a smooth road?
Right out of college, I figured I needed to get a “real job” and accepted a position with a large, local insurance company in the claims department. Going to work in a cubical every day, did not suit my nature and was pretty horrible. One day, while driving to work, I wondered if it wouldn’t just be easier to drive straight off the 125 bridge rather than go to work. That was my wake up call that I needed to get into a more creative environment.

I left that career and went to work at a local private Art College. That was a bit better and I could participate in Staff Art Shows and be around other creative people. While working there, I became pregnant and had a very difficult pregnancy that had me out of work on bed rest. Although we didn’t know how we would ever make it on one income in San Diego, we decided to take a leap of faith and with much struggle and hard work we have managed. I now “stay home” (turns out there is very little staying home involved) with my two kids and split my time between painting and caring for my family.

This is by far, the best job I’ve ever had and I often feel overwhelmed with just how lucky I am.

About a year and a half ago, I decided to remove alcohol from my diet, as I felt it was negatively affecting my health and sucking up too much of my free time. Since then, I have been able to really delve into building an art career for myself. I have so much more focus and time to commit to my art than I had in the past and I am taking advantage of every minute.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Wendy Kwasny Fine Art – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am an independent entrepreneur. I specialize in painting candid portraits as well as still-lifes and land/cityscapes. I am known for telling stories with my colorful portraits. I am always working to improve and to grow as an artist. I love taking classes and being among other professional artists.

My paintings are unique in that I freehand draw everything. Many artists will project and trace their drawings before they start painting. I work quickly and with great care to capture that special something that makes a subject unique and I feel you can only get that interesting and one of a kind look with freehand drawing.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I am constantly inspired by San Diego. My favorite thing is there is so much to do, outside, for free. You can be at the beach, in the mountains or the desert in just 45 minutes from almost anywhere in San Diego. I spend a lot of my time hiking in Mission Trails, Jamul, Alpine and all the surrounding areas. I also spend a great deal of time on our gorgeous beaches. We love camping in the local mountains and beaches. Also, our weather is almost always perfect and our people are laid back and friendly.

If I had to complain about anything in San Diego, it would be traffic, but hey, with those colorful bikes popping up everywhere, maybe that’ll improve.

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