From a small fishing town on the East Coast of Canada, currently residing in Austin Texas, Wendy Abony Polland is a celebrated artist, a model and entrepreneur. Known for gorgeous and emotionally charged large scale pieces, Wendy Abony Polland’s artwork is incredibly layered and textured with mystery and depth. Using recycled materials and found pieces that would otherwise be tossed as waste, Wendy creates vibrant work that reaches out and pulls on heart strings. When she’s not pouring her soul onto canvas, you can see Wendy in various commercials and on covers of magazines due to her success as an international fashion and print model for the renowned Ford Agency. What’s more, Wendy has begun an adventure in entrepreneurship founding her business The Art of Pecan. With her love of nourishing cuisine, Wendy has created a line of culinary pecan oil products.
Wendy weaves through her creative outlets with grace, always leaving her signature touch on everything she does – she keeps us wondering if there’s anything she can’t do. With sustainable practices at the heart of her creative vocations, we were eager to take some time to talk with the wonderful Wendy.
Growing up on the East Coast of Canada in a small fishing town – Can you describe the
time when you realized creating art was something you needed to do?
I truly don’t remember my life without creating art. Art has been something that has always
followed me and I followed it. There was never a question about needing to do, I have just
always done. I can’t escape it nor do I ever want to.
What is your earliest memory of creating art?
My parents would say my mash potato sculptures.
I would have to say drawing with charcoal. I’d sketch animals and portraits in a little 2×2
notebook that I would carry everywhere! If you were lucky I’d offer to sketch your portrait for
only 25 cents.
What inspired your transition from capturing East Coast landscapes to contemporary
The freedom that contemporary abstract offers. My personal growth would also be a factor, I
am constantly changing, so is my art.
What inspires you to create?
Wow, that could be various things. I definitely have to be in the right mind set, and that comes
in waves. When it does manifest itself there’s no stopping me, I can and will paint for hours.
5.Your work is visceral filled with emotion -is creating, an emotional experience?
Absolutely, like I said I have to be in the right mind set, my emotions then drive what will come
out in my art.
You often create on a large scale- What draws you to work with large canvas?
I have more room to create and experiment on, its also very hard to miss a large piece of art. I
personally love the visual strength that a large piece of art can create. You can put a large piece
of art in an empty room and somehow it has the ability to make it feel full.
Your pieces are very textured and tactile- Where does that come from? Can you
describe your relationship or the connection you have with the materials and canvas you
I have always been a “hands on” person. When I paint, my hands do not just use a paintbrush.
I incorporate a lot of different techniques into every piece. That may consist of making beads
that are individually placed, sanding wood, scraping metal or grabbing a torch. All of this is
very tactile for me and I want others to experience a little of what I feel when I create. That is
why I chose for my art to be touchable art. I encourage people: please touch this art.
How would you describe your creative process?
Free, unorthodox, experimental, emotional, unique, and musical.
What sparked your use of recycled and discarded materials in your art? Is up-cycling
important to you as an artist?
I see art and beauty in many things that maybe other people don’t. Some may look at an
object as garbage and I may see it as beautiful. In the eye of the beholder I guess. I try to get
them to see what they may have missed and what I always saw.
Would you describe yourself as an eco-artist?
I appreciate what this world has given me and I try my best to respect it back.
Tell us about your modeling – What do you love about it? What’s your most
memorable shoot, or one of your fondest?
In many ways modeling is like art. You’re creating emotions and visuals that others will
respond or react to. My most memorable shoot was a McDonald’s commercial that I did in
Germany. The commercial was for a new McFlurry called the twister. I had to pretend I was
running away from a tornado on a treadmill screaming at the top of my lungs, and at the same
time trying my best to speak German. It was not easy, but it was fun and I managed. In the
end they decided to use a voice over for my not so perfect German but decided to keep my
How did the Art of Pecan adventure begin? Could you describe your company’s
I’m a Canadian in Texas, so, my knowledge of pecans—which we call pee-cans, while in Texas
they’re “puh-cons”—was pretty limited. Then a friend mentioned pecan oil one day, and I fell in
love with the idea the moment I heard about it. Here’s an oil with a better health profile than
olive oil, and you can do more with it in the kitchen, and yet, no one knows about it. I tried
some, and knew I had to be a part of introducing more people to this secret. So I started The
Art of Pecan. Our goal is straightforward: Create the best culinary oil on the market, and
educate as many people as possible about it along the way.
What can we look forward to seeing next?
I like to surprise and be surprised. I have a lot of exciting things in the mix for both my art and
Art of Pecan business. Stay tuned.
For now, see more of Wendy here