I paint from life because I want to capture a perfect, fleeting moment and share it with you. My work is rich, classic and radiant and will bring joy, serenity and freshness to your home.

I’m originally from Belgium (yes, I speak French) and now live in picturesque, leafy Ridgefield, Connecticut.

I’ve always loved to draw and paint, but unfortunately, was encouraged to be more practical. I went to Northwestern University for a B.S in Psychology. Not knowing what on earth to do with my degree, I became a writer, drifted into P.R. and ultimately ran my own public relations and marketing company. You can ask me anything about skincare, hair color and tech startups.

It’s funny how your true self bangs on the walls, trying to get your attention. I developed crushing tension headaches, sometimes two or three times a week. I was so stressed out I didn’t realize I wasn’t fulfilled by my work. I’m not a yoga person, so someone suggested a painting class to relax. The first time I climbed the old, rickety stairs at the Palette and Chisel Academy in Chicago, I was hooked. I loved re-learning how to mix paint and to solve the visual problems in front of me. Wouldn’t you know it, the headaches gradually diminished.

When I moved to NYC a few years later I was lucky to study with Gregg Kreutz at the Art Students League. I would have loved to take classes there uninterrupted, but making a living was important too.  I longed for the day I could just paint full-time.

That day is here and I love every minute of it! I paint from life with oils – my own still life setups, often with flowers, and I go outside for plein air studies. Sometimes I paint larger scale landscapes in the studio. Whatever I do, I’m inspired by so much… cool, atmospheric light cascading onto a shelf, the gesture of an impudent flower, or the glow transmitted by a lemon or a peach. Reflections in the water are pretty exciting, too.

I try to capture the mood in the scene, whether it’s drama or stillness, and not just paint what I see. I want to leave you my impression of the experience and the joy that comes from looking at colors that glow.

My paintings have been in local juried shows (Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Kent Art Association), and nationally, in the American Artists Professional League and The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. I hope you like color as much as I do and that my paintings inspire you, uplift you and bring joy and elegance to your home.  

Thanks for looking.



Rich colors that glow, paintings with classic elegance

Sunset Reverie, by Trish Wend

Sunset Reverie, by Trish Wend