wendy prather burwell

Still Life Paintings


The best thing about being a still life artist is finding pleasure and inspiration in so many everyday things--gardening, cooking, setting the table, even grocery shopping. A trip to the farmers market fills me with ideas. I'm constantly looking at cookbooks and cooking magazines, art books, and design websites. Ideas for paintings come way faster than I can paint them.

Favorite subjects are fruits, vegetables, flowers, and branches, which I set up in my studio. I love to paint directly from life, as opposed to using photos, and love being in the studio surrounded by my colorful subjects. Painting from life does have its downside. Some plant matter is very short lived. If I don't finish my painting in time, I may have to wait another year to finish when the plant's back in season. For me though, it's the best way to paint.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my work and look at my paintings--



BA English Literature, Denison University, Granville, OH. Parsons School for Design, School of Visual Arts, Longwood Gardens (Botanical Illustration), the Wayne Art Center (Still Life, Portrait, and Figure Painting)

Selected Exhibits 

My work has been exhibited in juried shows throughout the greater Philadelphia area, including at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Longwood Gardens, the Philadelphia Flower Show and the Wayne Art Center