Growing up on the coast of Belgium, Trish Wend was captivated by the changing sea, open skies and rolling sand dunes.  She loved to paint and draw.

Trish moved to the U.S. as a pre-teen and, for a while, continued her creative pursuits. But as the left brain won the battle with the right brain her studies became more “practical.” She received a B.S. in psychology from Northwestern University.

While running a successful public relations and marketing firm, Trish developed migraines and a friend suggested a painting class for relaxation. Climbing the old stairs at The Palette and Chisel Academy and entering a magic place seasoned with old paint and turp was the answer. She was hooked. And the headaches diminished.

Over the next 15 years she took classes on and off between work projects and a move to NYC. Trish is now a recovering marketing executive and is finally able to paint full-time, working mostly in oils.

“I’m thrilled I can just paint and never again will I have to go to a networking event and talk to a distruptor about his ideation… or to an ideator about his disruption.”

She lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

“I’m still in awe of the world around me as I paint. Being in nature excites and calms me at the same time,” says Trish. “I get inspired by almost anything -- reflections on the surface of a pond, light on the side of an old barn or the colors in a bouquet of peonies -- all of these have a story to tell.”



Selected Exhibitions    

2019 Honorable Mention, Independent Still Life Competition, Vital Art Sessions

2018 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 122nd Annual Open Juried Exhibition

2017   Celebr8te/Art, group show at the Wilton Library

2017   Art Walk Ridgefield

2017   Spring Juried Show, Kent Art Association

2015   87th American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition

2015   Still life & Floral Finalist, Richeson75 Online Juried Exhibition

2015   "Anti-Freeze" Fundraiser, Gowanus Canal Conservancy


2018-present Vital Art Sessions (Kelli Folsom)

2010-2015     Studio class with Gregg Kreutz

2005-2008   Art Students League of New York (Gregg Kreutz, Joseph Peller)

2003-2004   Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, Connecticut (David Dunlop)

1999-2002   Palette & Chisel Academy, Chicago, Illinois (Diane Rath)


Art Students League of New York

Ridgefield Guild of Artists


Sunset Reverie, by Trish Wend

Sunset Reverie, by Trish Wend