Lucile Wedeking (b.1981) is a contemporary oil painter best-known for her interpretations of historical West Texas. Her work combines a modern dreamscape of color with imagery and stories pulled from extensive archival treasure hunts.
A native Californian raised in San Francisco and Santa Barbara, Wedeking’s love of art and history led her across the country, first studying classic fundamentals of art at the Parsons School of Design in New York before working in the fashion industry there for a decade. Seeking change, she then relocated to Stamford, Texas, to work as a librarian, archivist and museum director while teaching herself to paint in oils.
“My love of painting western iconography began when I was archiving old ranching photographs from the SMS Ranch,” Wedeking says. “The impression these artfully captured images have burned into the back of my mind are inspirational, and over time have developed into vivid characters riding through my daydreams and out onto my canvases. It’s a great adventure to decipher the history and tall tales surrounding these legends while exploring new space for myself in the contemporary western art world.”
In addition to painting, she enjoys time spent raising Brangus cattle with her husband and family on their West Texas ranch.