"A Splash With Red"
Linda Wilder, "A Splash With Red," Acrylic on Canvas 16" x 12".
Born: 1955, St. Jerome, QC
Studied: U of C / Red Deer
Lives/Works: Calgary, AB
Price Range: $900 to $7,000
Wendy Wacko opened her first Mountain Galleries in Fairmont’s Jasper Park Lodge in 1992, and since has added galleries in Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Accordingly, she see a lot of international collectors but what she has noticed recently is “more, young, well-educated collectors visiting the galleries who are interested in the process of art-making and less concerned about its ‘investment’ value. They seem more willing to take chances and step outside their comfort zone.”
A good example of an artist who is attracting the interest of the young adventurous collector is Linda Wilder, one of the most intuitive and aggressive painters Wacko has discovered in a long time. “Her work has the ability to strike an emotional cord that humbles you,” exclaims Wacko. “Collectors find the passion of Wilder’s paintings captivating.” For example, her painting Sunwapta Falls won the ‘Collectors Choice’ award at the 2010 Calgary Stampede Art Auction.
“ One of the challenges for first-time collectors,” says Wacko “is they haven’t considered budgeting for artwork like they do for cars, vacations, etc.” Original work is quite affordable and even setting aside $100/month will soon pay for a nice $1,200 painting, and in ten years they can have a substantial collection. For Wacko, collecting art is a wonderful life-long adventure to be shared with others, especially children for whom it provides what she calls ‘emotional intelligence.’