Artist/Film maker, Wendy Wacko, was born in Toronto in 1951. After graduating from high school she studied art at Central Technical Art School and at the New School of Art - 1969 to 1972. In 1972 Wendy traveled to Western Canada on a painting expedition and settled in Jasper where she continues to live and paint. In 1977 Wendy had her first solo exhibition and is presently represented by the Scott Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta.
From 1979 to 1992 Wendy produced seven award-winning film productions for network television, including: Doris McCarthy - Heart of a Painter and Golden Fiddles Staring Kate Nelligan, Striker’s Mountain Staring Leslie Neilson, Challenge: The Canadian Rockies and the feature film, The Climb, co-produced with the BBC.
Wendy has recently created a second series of paintings from her travels to the Queen Charlotte Island, known traditionally as Haida Gwaii. Focusing primarily on the southern tip of Haida Gwaii, Wacko says “There is a strange undercurrent of positive energy, a spiritual presence that is undeniable. This powerful, isolated chain of islands is visually stunning and has lured creative souls from around the world to explore its shores, its mountains and its precious rain forests” Wacko’s paintings exemplify the ecological and cultural splendor of the Gwaii Haanas National Park.
She is also the founder of Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont, with locations in Jasper, Banff and Whistler. The mission of the Gallery is to support and promote Canadian artists, with an emphasis on Western Canadian artists.