Wendy Carney is an award-winning realist painter. She was born in 1960 and spent her childhood in Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations. Carney has lived in New York City, Dallas, Chicago, Telluride, Denver, Boston, and Charlottesville before returning to Chicago, where she currently lives.

Carney turned to painting and writing as a way to express her observations of the world, and her travels have provided her with a wealth of subjects and endless inspiration. She cares deeply about the places she has lived and traveled. Through her paintings she seeks to share the detail and richness of those experiences.

A self-taught artist, Carney began painting professionally in her mid-thirties, and her paintings began to sell immediately. Her work has received numerous awards and honors, including from The International ARC Renewal Art Center and The Artist’s Magazine. Carney’s work is in private collections across the country. 

She has also owned and managed a small publishing company, as well as a nonprofit for children’s literacy.