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Being a painter is more than mastery of techniques. It’s the desire to express how I feel about my world and my response to it. To put simply…to communicate. My tools are that of a painter: brush, paint, paper and ink. I sketch and paint outdoors constantly. Working en plein air has taught me to be observant to the effects of light and atmosphere. I take this knowledge with me into the studio. Being an artist is an endless journey…always struggling to achieve one's best work. The struggle keeps my work honest and direct.

What do I look for when judging a show? First of all, I look for the element that brings me back again and again. It’s the artist’s ability to communicate an idea or a feeling. I look for the artist to have an emotional connection to what they have created. I want to feel what is being said in the piece. Second, I look for the artists ability to utilize design, value, edge quality, color and technique.

Favorite Quotes: The Art Spirit, Robert Henri 1865-1929

"The sketch hunter moves through life as he finds it, not passing negligently the things he loves, but stopping to know them, and to note them down in the shorthand of his sketchbook"

"If age dulls you it will be time enough then to be ponderous and heavy--or quit. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to be young, to continue growing--not to settle and accept.”

“The end will be what it will be. The object is intense living, fulfillment; the great happiness in creation.”

You can contact Brenda via email at SwensonsArt@gmail.com

To learn more about Brenda, check out this short video: Brenda's Video

   
           
       
 

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