Sunday, January 17, 2010

Wendy Buckner

The brown color palette chosen by Wendy Buckner for this abstract painting made for a class at Chattanooga State proved a harbinger for her Hot Chocolatier. Photography Professor Mark Wood recently acquired one of her paintings and asked whether she saw the similarities between encaustic painting in pigmented beeswax and color transfers in cocoa butter onto chocolate.

It was a circuitous path that included work in a hospital while her husband earned a graduate degree. An arts background precluded medical studies so Buckner found her m├ętier at The French Pastry School in Chicago.

As the business approaches its first annivesary in the Chamber of Commerce Business Development Center, Buckner is busy dipping pretzels, dried fruits and nuts for Valentine's Day. Truffles must wait for last moment. "That's how I do all my holidays so they''ll be fresh."

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