The Paintbrush Dreamer

The Paintbrush Dreamer cover

The Paintbrush Dreamer is the story of my lifelong dream to live among the birds, the deer and the wildflowers coming true. I expressed my lifelong wish over 15 years ago in a painting of a winding creek in the winter woods. My dream came true as I discovered the first time I sat down to paint in my current studio. I paused to look out the window and ran to look at the painting framed over my bed. I realized that the painting of the winter woods from years ago was identical to the view out my window in my little house in the forest down to each tree, rock, and the curve of the creek. My paintbrush knew. I dreamed, I painted, I wished and here I am. Listen carefully to your heart, follow your path forward, and be a “paintbrush dreamer” with me.

Wende Essrow

I am a wildlife artist, a teacher, a mother, a grandmother and wife, but above all, I am a wanderer. My true home is in the woods, where I feel at peace and in touch with the spirit of the earth. I study the unique lighting and palette of each new day. The subdued silver purples of winter dawn, the vibrant pinks of summer sunrise, the sound of the hermit thrush are what inspire me to paint and write. Each day brings a new set of possibilities, colors, sounds, feelings and ideas to express through art. My family and friends know I disappear at sunrise and wander and when I return I have stories to tell and paintings in my heart. I invite you to greet each morning as a gift, listen to the trees, and honor your dreams.


  • Shira Goldberg
    June 27, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    We are in awe of your accomplishment Wende. See, dreams really do come true!
    See you Saturday.
    Shira and Rob

  • Melissa Milch-Klein
    June 27, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    We cannot wait to celebrate with you at the launch! (And even more excited to get our hands on this beautiful and inspirational book!)

    With love…
    Hannah, Ari and their parents

  • Karol Black-Lynch
    June 28, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Love your story!!! .. How many people get to actually live their dream?! Wonderful and so happy that your dreams are coming true! Will not say “came true” cuz I’m sure you have alot more dreaming to do!

  • Carole Weingarten
    June 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    What a beautiful website your son has created! We cannot wait to bring our grandsons to get their very own autographed copy of your book and to see your paintings. Best wishes for much success with this and future books!

  • Stephanie Hereth
    June 28, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    An amazing accomplishment! I am in awe…

  • Katherine Lynch
    June 28, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    So proud of you Wende…you are one of the few that stuck with it and realizing your dream!

  • Mary Vara
    June 29, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    This site is truly beautiful-just like you and your paintings! We will be celebrating the launch in spirit.
    Mary and Russ

  • kelllie zych
    June 29, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Feel privileged to have watched this whole dream come true for you. Congrats to you Wende!!

    Love Kellie

  • Pat Melrod
    June 30, 2013 at 1:39 am

    You are like your Dad. He was wonderful too.

  • Lisa Blair
    June 30, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    What a beautiful website to highlight your work and accomplishments, Wende!

  • Susan M. Giorgio
    July 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I found out about Wende and her book through Kellie’s newsletter. I met Wende, viewed her wonderful art work and bought her inspiring book for my eight year old grandson. I, too, dabble with the paints but haven’t been inspired for some time. After reading “The Paintbrush Dreamer” for myself, I am now more aware of the beauty that nature has in front us on a daily basis. I am sure that my paintbrushes will be put back to use once again. Thank you Wende.

  • Kathie Gehring Capozzi
    July 4, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I love your book, the pictures of nature are soo beautiful and the story is a dream come true that you have visioned through your eyes on your walks in the beauty of your surroundings! The country is a special place to explore, all your senses are awake with the sights and the smells! Looking forward to many more rainbow colors from your paintbrush!

  • Heidi Fitzpatrick
    February 26, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Hi Wende

    I just wanted to thank you for making this beautiful book. I loved it and can’t wait to give it to my son Jonathan on his 6th birthday so we can enjoy it together.

  • Charles Chrystal
    March 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    A beautiful book, Wende! My warm regards.

    Please see my comments on Amazon.

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