Wendy Carlton has spent her whole lifetime painting. She initially studied textile design in Nottingham, achieving a 1st class (hons) degree. She was among 30 students nationwide who were chosen to take part in a Budding Designers exhibition at the Design Centre in London. As a result of this she was offered a job with a leading design studio, designing fabrics which went on to... be sold worldwide. Many of Wendy's brightly coloured floral designs were used for swimwear.
Having gained valuable experience working in a design studio, Wendy decided to take the brave step to become a freelance greetings card designer as she had always preferred creating one-off images. This decision proved to be correct, as Wendy had a successful career for almost 20 years designing greeting cards for all the major companies, including Camden Graphics, Hallmark, Simon Elvin, Paper Rose, as well as many high street stores and supermarkets. Her cards would often be seen on TV, in soaps such as Coronation Street and Eastenders. The majority of Wendy’s work in the greeting card industry was Flowers or for Children’s card due to her preference for bright bold colours. In 2001, after giving birth to her only child Daisy, Wendy made the choice to change direction and created a small range of large, bold, vibrant paintings. Naturally, the artists love of flowers were her inspiration as the influence of natural forms and bold use of colour is something which has followed Wendy throughout her whole career. Over the years, Wendy's style has changed and developed but the constant feature throughout her work is her use of vibrant colour. Gradually, the artist is becoming more abstract in her work but wants to push and develop this further in the future.