Lilyanne Wenndt was born during a classic Minnesota snowstorm in early March 1997. She grew up in St. Louis Park three blocks from Minneapolis, surrounded by the sounds of sparrows and city buses. She still calls St. Louis Park home but roams a bit further now. She is currently attending Normandale Community College and will graduate with her Associates of Fine Arts in the Spring of 2018. She is also the recipient of the Mathieu Art scholarship. Lilyanne is going to continue to explore art and illustration at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design in the fall of 2018. You can find Lilyanne’s landscape and animal cards at the Ideal Green Market and Kemper Drug and Gifts.
In the world today, we are constantly being rushed. Running here, heading there—the fast pace at which many of us take life can often cause us to miss things. For me, painting and drawing have always been ways to slow life down. To step out of the hurricane winds and find peace in the eye of the storm. In my work I look at the world around me, noticing the little things, such as the way the mid-morning sunlight hits a stand of trees, or the way a room reflects off a person’s eye. I find peace in the simple stories spread out around us, which we so often miss. There is a story in everything, every person and every place. If I look close enough. It can be found in the wrinkles of a forehead or the tear in an old pair of boots. Every detail tells of the past, present, and future. Exploring these stories is where I find my inspiration.