Wendy Whiteley is an artist, cultural figure and the wife of the late artist Brett Whiteley. She welcomed Ashleigh Wilson (Arts Editor at the Australian) into her life for four years while he worked on his biography of Brett, giving him unprecedented access, rare notebook sketches and candid family photos. The result is Art, Life & The Other Thing, a dazzling biography of Brett, which reveals for the first time the full portrait of a mercurial artist. Wendy and Ashleigh talk to Anna Schwartz about the intimate process of honouring a great artist.

Ashleigh Wilson (Australian)

Ashleigh Wilson

Ashleigh Wilson, arts editor of The Australian, is a Walkley-award winning journalist, based in Sydney. His first book was Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing. On Artists is his second book.

Wendy Whiteley (Australian)

Wendy Whiteley was Brett Whiteley's wife, muse and model. An artist herself, with a finely honed aesthetic sense, she also created the interiors at the heart of Brett's iconic paintings of their Lavender Bay home. When Brett died, followed by the death nine years later of their daughter Arkie, Wendy threw her grief and creativity into making an enchanting hidden oasis out of derelict land owned by the New South Wales Government.