Mindy Sue Werth
Born and raised in a tiny town in Northern Michigan, Mindy Sue Werth picked up a paint brush long before she was able to write, finding drawing and sketching out her ideas much easier than verbally explaining them.
Following her natural path, Werth pursued art studying art, eventually earning her BFA in Drawing, along with a Minor in Human Biology. Unfortunately she was burnt out after art school and had no ambition to pick up a pencil or paintbrush. It was months before Werth had any yearning to sketch, and it was several years for her to actually sit down to paint with intention again.
After graduation Werth packed up her belongings and drove across the country from Michigan to Bend, Oregon. It wasn't long before she found herself being drawn back into the art world and accepting a part time job at a local frame shop. Soon, she was managing the business. Designing and framing other peoples art day after day, she slowly began creating her own art again, and framing became another dimension of her work. Werth became a Certified Professional Picture Framer (CPF), attending conventions and trade shows, taking courses in all different aspects of the art industry.
In her own work Werth captures the individuality and personality in her subjects. She aims to pull out the unique character and beauty in everything she creates, whether it is capturing that “look” in an animals eyes, or an angle of a flower that most people wouldn’t notice.
Nothing is generic; beauty can be found in the most barren, dreadful places. It is the subtle things—capturing the character or detail that many people overlook—that Werth brings forth in her paintings.
“I don’t like to describe my work as realistic; more so my realistic impression,” Werth says.
“I paint things the way I see them, not necessarily the way everyone else sees them. I’m not trying to duplicate reality with my work, I’m creating my version.”
Nature, design, specific characteristics and perspectives that pull out the personality or uniqueness of a subject matter drive Werth’s work. The goal is to unveil the little joys and hidden beauty in everyday life.
“There is enough hate, grief and darkness in the world,” says Werth. “I try to create an escape from all that, something pure, natural and genuine.”
Werth aims to pull attention to the pure beauty of a flower, the joy in a beloved animal’s eyes, or the special connection or moment being shared between two subject matters. With her relocation to Hawaii, Werth aims to focus more on her own art. Her goal is to allow herself the time to be inspired, and to take advantage of the unique landscape, culture, and environment the Big Island has to offer.