Wendell R Wilson is a native of rural Jackson Parish, hometown Chatman, Louisiana. He presently resides in Baton Rouge and has a residence in the Historic Cane River area of Natchitoches Parish.
Wilson’s interest in art began at an early age. While in grade school, he was commissioned by his teachers to decorate their bulletin boards. He entered and won numerous art contests in parish and district competitions. In 1990, Wendell began painting again as a hobby, giving his works to close friends as gifts. In 2003, Wendell developed a new prospective with regard to his work and has since become commercial in his creations.
Wilson’s works have been exhibited at the Multicultural Center of the South in Shreveport; the Art Council of Central Louisiana; Rapides General Cancer Center; Christus Schumpert Health System, National Historic Park at Oakland Plantation, and East Baton Rouge Public Library, Carver Branch-October, 06, Delmont Gardens Branch-November, 06, and Zachary Branch-December, 06. His “My Babies are Safe” and “Child, Our Homes are Destroyed” are on national tour with other Louisiana artists’ works related to Hurricane Katrina themes. Wilson is also involved in instructional training for patients on a national level relating to Healthcare setting under the direction of Mrs. Judy Ginsberg and sponsored by the Central Louisiana Art Council and the University of Florida/Art in Health Care.
Wilson has a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University and a B.S. degree in Secondary Education, from Southern University. He has been employed by the City of Baton Rouge as a Public Works Superintendent for the past 16 years.