A painting encapsulates the vision and imagination of an artist. A commission by Wishney enables a client to participate in this vision by offering personal subject matter to be incorporated into a painting. Place, possessions & symbols with an essence of time can infuse an artwork with personal meaning. Often such artworks are undertaken to celebrate a significant event - birthday, relocation, anniversary, celebration, etc...
An example of this is the painting “Honeymoon”. Clients have had incorporated images from the location of their honeymoon. Special items have been added to the still life in the foreground - favourite flowers, the handmade bridal veil, a paintbrush and pencil referring to the artistic background of the bride.
Dorothy Wishney enjoys working at this personal level with clients and creating an artwork, which is totally exclusive.
Mixed Media Paintings explores the concept of indoor/outdoor, often using the window to unite the interior space or still life with landscape, seascape or garden.
Oil Paintings, predominately focused around landscape, is where Dorothy connects with the diverse landscape of the Hunter Valley - vineyards, mountains, coastal plains & family property, but more recently she has been exploring the immense Tasmanian landscape.
Acrylic Paintings offers a medium titled "Fragments' - small, intimate still life paintings, which are superimposed on black surround, enhancing vibrant colours & patterns.
Drawing underpins Dorothy Wishney’s contemporary artwork. it resolves reality, memories and ideas.
Her subject matter is diverse and landscape is a recurring topic. It is here that Dorothy connects with the visual aspects, as well as the elements, sounds and scents of the terrain. Such drawings enable her to recreate a time and place in the mind’s eye.
Significant drawings are developed back in the studio and may be reworked on a larger scale or in a variety of media. Some of Dorothy's drawings are the source material for a number of her paintings or prints.
Prints are an extension of Dorothy Wishney’s drawings. Some drawings lend themselves to the strong contrast of lino prints while others relate to the sensitivity of the etched line.
Lino Prints, are an extension of Dorothy Wishney’s drawing practice. Some drawings with their strong tonal contrasts, direct line and bold form, lend themselves to the process of lino cutting and printing.
Etchings: For Dorothy Wishney etching is a compelling process, which not only extends the initial concept of a drawing but also has the added advantage of multiple images.