I use the landscape as a point of departure. From it I attempt to distill what is mysterious, ephemeral and often dreamlike—-nuances of fog, rain and quickly changing weather, or the play of dark form/mass against brilliant light. Most, therefore, are portraits of a particular place or time of day where or when shadows are deep and the light is intense or uncommon. The experience of initially working on-site in these constantly changing conditions becomes an integral part of the piece.
Conveying a sense of place is equally applicable to the paintings of interiors. What makes these spaces personal, what gives them character, what feeling do they evoke? How does one capture a sense of their particular story?
Structural, man-made elements have become increasingly important in my work as well–old garages, mills; long-used, intimate or messy work spaces. These often provide a sharp contrast to the sometimes overwhelming beauty of the landscape.
I also have a special affinity for rural and urban “nightscapes”. Objects and images which by daylight seem incidental and commonplace, become simplified and extraordinary at night under limited or artiHicial light. These result in compositions that speak as much about form and abstract shape as they do about atmosphere and essence.
Wendy Goldberg’s work is included in the Achenbach Collection of Prints and Drawings of the Legion of Honor Museum, Stanford Hospital/Health Systems, the Haas Collection, Genentech Corp, San Francisco Mu