Wiz Wensel (Bittorf)

Hilton ‘79

What are you currently doing professionally?
I continue to build on my career as a contemporary, abstract painter and mixed media artist. I’m launching a line of wearable art called WIZ WENSEL STUDIO with the help of a Montreal-based company. It incorporates my artwork into sustainable clothing and products for the home. People can learn more at www.wizwensel.com
What achievement(s) are you most proud of?
Experiences such as spending a summer at an ashram as a teen, to some soulful trekking through Southeast Asia at 30, instilled a need to pursue a path of spiritual growth, awareness and meditation. This had an immense impact on how I’ve chosen to manage the challenging circumstances of a lengthy spinal injury and then cancer. The rest is immaterial.
How do you define success?
Living life with integrity, a sense of purpose, self-awareness, well-being, appreciation and joie de vivre!
What motivates you to get out of bed every morning?
A good sleep, sunlight seeping into the room, the aroma of espresso, the studio calling...
What was the last new thing you tried?
Working with resin in the studio.
Specific skill(s) you developed at Brentwood that you use to this day?
Training in the girls’ rowing program solidified a steady desire for health and fitness, which continues today. My art teacher, Mrs. Jackson, taught me how to ‘see’ when drawing. Sharing a residence with 25+ girls built valuable relationship skills, and my role as a House and School Perfect developed leadership and diplomacy skills.
Favourite Brentwood Teacher(s)
Nick Prowse.
Why?
Nick was an exceptional and inspiring teacher of World History and American History. He was a very knowledgeable and passionate instructor who demanded respect and engagement from his students.
Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?
I have two: ‘Live in the present moment’ and ‘Live your life by example’
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Many of the world’s issues such as inequality, violence, poverty, conflict of religions, climate change and environmental destruction, could be dramatically and positively affected if humanity embraced R-E-S-P-E-C-T for themselves, each other and the natural world.
What’s next for you?
Continuing to grow my new line of Wearable Art and Home! International travel to the Mediterranean or the South Pacific, once the pandemic subsides and travel is on the rebound.
One piece of advice for current Brentwood students?
EVERYTHING we do has an impact on others: be it positive or negative. The choice is up to you, as to how you make an impact and the footprints you leave along the path.

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