Born in Memphis, TN in 1955, Denver-based Wendi Schneider's interest in photography germinated in the early 1980s with the use of a camera to reference models for paintings. Mesmerized by the possibilities of the photographic art form and the alchemy of the darkroom, yet missing the sensuousness of oils, Schneider layered oils on photographs to manipulate the boundaries between the real and the imagined. This process laid the groundwork for the layering and gilding that would become the foundation of the States of Grace series. Her diverse and successful career has included fine art commissions, photography for magazines, book covers, advertising, design and art direction. Her photographs are held in the permanent collections of New Orleans Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography, Memphis Brooks Museum Auburn University Library, among others, as well as numerous private collections. She is represented by A Gallery For Fine Photography, Catherine Couturier Gallery and Vision Gallery.