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Wendy Risdale (Scollon) was born in High River, the heart of Alberta's horse and cattle country. As a youngster, she developed a love for horses. Drawing and sketching these animals was a natural for Wendy, as she admits to passing many an hour putting her dreams on paper. Wendy credits her grandfather, a jockey, with helping her learn to capture the individual personality of her horses.

As a young adult, Wendy graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology with a diploma in Architectural Technology and pursued a career with a prominent architectural firm in Edmonton. Later, when at home raising her family, her life long dream of breeding and showing horses became a reality. Unfortunately, her allergies to the horses and dust reached a point where she had to give up this lifestyle. Wendy was now able to devote more time to her art. During these years she went from doing pastel portraits of animals to paintings and limited editions of wildlife, landscapes, sport and western scenes, and children.

She works in oils, acrylics, pastels, clay and wood. Wendy's paintings have been used for magazine covers, calendars, trophies, corporate gifts, and fund raisers. In 2005 she was the feature artist for the Calgary Stampede Western Art Gallery. In 2003, the painting You Want Me To Do What? won Best Of Show in the Calgary Stampede Western Art Gallery, and the painting The Suncatchers won the Collector's Choice Award for the Calgary Stampede Western Art Show and Auction. In 1998, the painting Welcome to the World was voted Collector's Choice at the Calgary Stampede, and Three For The Money won its division at the Alberta Fall Classic at Northlands Park, Edmonton (participating artists from across Canada and the United States). Her painting, Autumn Gold was used by the Edmonton and Northern Alberta Crimestoppers as their 1997 telethon print. The painting, Winter Shadows, was published in the coffee table book Winter Treasures. She was also commissioned by Sport Images Inc. to do the five paintings for the limited edition print series commemorating the years "The Edmonton Oilers" won the Stanley Cup, (originals owned by Edmonton Northlands) and the painting "A Moment In Time" - a limited edition print featuring Vladislav Tretiak and Paul Henderson in the 1972 Canada / Russia Summit Series.

She has previously been juried into the prestigious C. M. Russell Art Auction in Great Falls, Montana, and the Western Art Salon at the Calgary Stampede. Wendy's works have been distributed internationally. At present, Wendy and her husband reside on a country acreage between Elk Island Park and Beaverhill Lake, Alberta, surrounded by nature and beauty at its best.

Over the past several years, Wendy has started wood carving and working with clay. She is now concentrating on designing and creating a line of handmade, one of a kind jewelry.