My art is a visual display of all my senses orchestrating at once. Every time I enter into another painting my surroundings come alive from the rhythm of my heartbeat, the glow of light, and the dance of color. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by nature’s beauty that I struggle to harness these feelings, but I am drawn to do it as if breathing. As I layer pigment down it is a slow unveiling of my inner self to the world, revealing the imperfections that I wish to improve with every mark.
And so I paint.
Native to the West Coast and a graduate of California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, Brenda began her creative career as a designer for high profile sportswear clients. Ten years later and desiring a more fulfilled and meaningful life, she carried her sense of balance, color and composition over to fine art and has never looked back. Inspired by the Impressionists, her color filled work has gained national Signature recognitions with the Pastel Society of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and the Northwest Pastel Society. She paints competitively in plein air events and has been a featured instructor at the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th Plein Air Conventions.
Brenda’s work has been published in The Pastel Journal (cover story), Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine, The Art of Plein Air Painting, The Best of America Pastel, and displayed at the Favell Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Museum.