Native to the West coast and an Applied Art and Design graduate of Cal Poly State University, 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 Master Pastelist recognition with the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies, as well as earning Signature levels with the American Impressionist Society, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and Northwest Pastel Society. Brenda enjoys painting in Plein Air events and has been a featured instructor at the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th Plein Air Conventions.
Brenda’s Pastel and Oil paintings have been published in The Pastel Journal (cover story), Plein Air Magazine, The Art of Plein Air Painting, The Best of America Pastel, and she has designed a Signature line of Jack Richeson Pastels. Her work has been displayed at the Favell Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Museum. Brenda lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband of 30+ years.