Wendess designs began as a passion for art. I have always been a creative person, and started painting and drawing in college. Several years ago a friend wanted to do a little beading and drug me along to the store. I decided to buy a couple things too. From then on I was hooked on jewelry making and could not get enough. Now I am creating new pieces all the time. You will also see my husband Chuck around at shows, he enjoys helping me set up and visits with customers.
All the jewelry shown here on the website are Wendess originals and no two pieces are created exactly the same. That way each piece of jewelry is more than jewelry, it is wearable art! The products shown are pieces that we have made and how much they will or already have sold for. If the item is already sold we would be happy to recreate it for you, however there will be slight variation due to supplies are always changing. The true purpose of the pictures is to give an idea of what we can make. Do you have an outfit that you have not been able to accessorize? We want you to know that we can do custom work specifically for you as well.
I have always been a creative person and I started drawing at young age. I grew up in Owatonna, Mn where I was always busy doing something creative. I sewed dresses for my dolls and made swimming pools for my little people in the sand box I spent hours making little indian villages out of paper, and I loved making greeting cards. I think I learned to be creative from my father who was always making something, and still to this day is very creative. It wasn't until college that I discovered my tue love of art.
At the age of 19 I started painting. I am primarily self taught but I took several art classes in college from drawing to painting and even ceramics. I did a small gallery show at the college. My professor gave me very high recomendations. I did not know what I wanted to do for a career at that time and I was undergoing some really big changes in my life. I realized I had an abusive addiction to drugs and Alchol and needed some help. I began to straighten out my life with the help of God and a local church. I gave my life and Heart to Jesus Christ. I decided to quit school to focus on my recovery and to try to discover who I was and what I wanted out of life.
After leaving school I soaked up as much knowledge about the Bible and God as I could. I began to sing and was given a guitar . I taught myself how to play and became part of the church worship team. I began pouring out my creativity though my music. I did not focus much on my artwork or painting.
I then found the love of my life and we married. Chuck has always encouraged me to draw and doodle. My husband Chuck is still my main source of encouragement! I continued with the worship team and became more creative by finding my passion for creating things by scrapbooking, card making and making jewelry. I got better at the jewelry I made and started selling it through craftsales. Though I sporadically painted, It was not until I was about 32 years old that I started to paint again seroiusly. I began studing art books and painting every spare minute I had. I realized that I had laid down something that I was once very passionate about! I began to see a growing interest in the Christain body of believers for inspirational artwork as well as worship art. In my own worship time, I began to paint also. I do worship painting and prophetic paintings. Meaning as I worship I feel and allow the Holy Spirit to flow through me and move me to paint certain colors or shapes. Sometimes the picture that comes forth is like a prophetic word.
I have a real love of photography as well. You will find many photos that I have taken aw well as my artwork for sale at http://www.fineartamerica.com/.
I currently live in Rochester, MN. I am a worship leader at a small church. I also co-own and operate a residential cleaning business with my husband.
I am willing to do commissioned art for you. I am expanding my horizons and am up for a chalenge!
I hope you will find my artwork enjoyable and may it bless you!