There are beautiful places that exist, yet we often overlook them, fly over them, drive by them, or walk by them and the beautiful landscapes go unnoticed. I am curious as to why we do this. How do we not gaze out our airplane window and not be impressed by what’s below? My work is one step closer to that curiosity. My paintings embark on a narrative that attempts to showcase some of that beauty. They are mostly done on the spot; in the woods, the fields, the plains, along the rivers with the flies and the cows and the snow and the rain. I paint quickly and loosely to capture the simple things like light at any given and every changing hour, the movement and solidarity of trees, the abstract patches of color in farm fields, and the atmospheric effects that usually keep us indoors. I am not interested in painting the details, like found images in a photo, but rather exercising the hand to eye coordination, the sense of gravity, smell, temperature, everything that weighs in on the human experience.

Whitney Wolf

In freeing myself from the rigidity of details I can capture the conversation with the subject, the loose gestural impression with an honesty of materials and application. I’ve minimalized my compositions by eliminating unnecessary details to reveal the essence of a scene. I’m interested in replicating that personal conversation and impression of nature.



Certificate in Painting, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA


BFA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


 MTS, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL



The Daniel Garber Prize for Excellence in Drawing, PAFA


The Irma H. Cook and August Cook Prize for Excellence in Drawing, PAFA


The Susan Carlen Brown Memorial Prize for Aqueous Media on Paper, PAFA


Provost Merit Scholarship, PAFA

2001, 2002

“Best Student Work - First Place” Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show

Whitney Wolf


Volume 2, 2007

Dappled Things

January 2003

Art Papers Magazine

October 2002

Flyer Magazine

November 2002

Life Imitating Art Magazine

May 2001

Carpe Diem Literary Magazine