About The Artist
From earliest childhood Wendy Tanner has been exploring and painting the beauty of Maine. A trained environmental scientist and archaeologist by vocation, she has spent many hours sifting through the good earth of these parts and beyond, and has found Maine soil – and the larger associated landscape – to be particularly rich and inspiring artistically. She and her husband started selling lighthouse prints of her original paintings on maps in 2004 (under the name “Maine Light Maps”) as a way to make some summer money as grad students after the couple’s first child was born (which strangely precluded them from traveling all over the Maine woods digging in the dirt…).
They have recently decided to expand this initial venture into FourWinds Lighthouse Map Paintings to answer a growing interest in Maine artists, lighthouse art, and maritime history-inspired marine paintings, as well as to nominally encompass the broader geographical range of Wendy’s constantly expanding artistic offerings. This business is the very joint effort of Wendy and her geologist husband, Ben (based on an original idea by Wendy’s dad!) She is currently involved in more archaeological adventures – this time studying the early pioneer settlers of the Southern Appalachian Mountain wilds – but returns to Maine for summers with her family. A tiny, rustic, off-the-grid cabin with gaslights, a hand pump and sparkling blue water has proved the perfect place to paint. She is happy you enjoy her work.
Here's Maine artist, Wendy Tanner, putting the finishing touches on her lighthouse painting of Pemaquid Point in New Harbor, Maine. Her Maine art seascapes have been displayed in many locations across the state and in other east coast regions as well, but it is her lighthouse seascape paintings that have enjoyed particular popularity – And it’s all because of you. Because of your continuing support of her artwork, Wendy’s lighthouse prints have been featured with other Maine artists’ work in the Down East Magazine of Maine Christmas Gift Catalog, in the Acadia Shops of Bar Harbor (the exclusive vendor for Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island), in the Maine Maritime Museum Store, in the Penobscot Marine Museum Store, in the Maine Lighthouse Museum Store, in the Deer Isle Granite Museum Store, and in many of Maine’s historic light station museums and windjammer fleet company stores. She has also been commissioned numerous times for one-of-a-kind creations, and not just for her marine art, Maine art, New England art, and lighthouse art, but for original paintings of all variety and subject matter.
Her Maine lighthouse art map series is available in dozens of fine gift shops up and down the Maine coast today, and she has had her Florida lighthouse paintings for sale since 2005 in many shops along those sandier southern shores. She has lately even been trying her hand at seasonal Maine art shows and is enjoying that new experience. Perhaps she met you in Camden this summer? Whether you discovered Wendy’s lighthouse paintings in your travels and wanderings, or here online, it is our pleasure to share her unique map-based marine artwork and inspired seascape visions with you. Our lives are just the vessels. We know that any success or fruit we bear starts with Love and ends with you, our neighbors. So thank you for purchasing our “living water”-color prints from the ocean of great art out there! We are blessed to be able to make them for you.