About The Artist
Brenda Swenson is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in Splash 11, 12 & 14, Artistic Touch 4, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Quarterly Magazine, Wheels of Time and numerous other publications.
Brenda has been awarded signature membership in WW, NWWS, SDWS and she has won numerous awards for her paintings. An active participant in the arts community she has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. She is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting and sketching techniques to groups nationwide and abroad.
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I’m a Mixed Media Artist. I have several roles that I play such as, mom, daughter, wife, sister and friend. To make my life more interesting, I am an executive assistant working. full-time in “Corporate America”. This certainly challenges me to juggle and struggle with my personal, business and art life.
My art includes, textural collage works on canvas, cardboard, wood, paper and other substrates using paints, molding pastes, inks, fabric, a variety of found objects and my own handmade polymer clay pieces. I love art.. I need art. Life/Work balance is what I strive for.
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My art is about life. It expresses what I feel about people, places, and experiences around me. In order to create a painting, I need to feel a connection with a subject and see what that subject means to me. I need to see and feel every detail of it.
When I immerse myself in something that I want to paint, the idea for the painting becomes clear to me. Because I start painting without knowing exactly how it will turn out, as I put those first colors on the support, I am always nervous about what I am doing, because I do not know where I am going with it.
But as I continue, one technique or color leads to another, and I just know how to move on. If it feels right, I can continue. If not, I have to set it aside until I am inspired to go on…