Brenda is a true professional when it comes to painting with a palette knife. You will also find many of her paintings are well framed. Much of Brenda’s influence comes from painting scenes of nature, but that’s not the only place she finds inspiration. Find out how she does it.
“The theme song of my life, I’m not sure it has a title, but I think my painting “The Road from Here to There” captures it – or maybe more accurately, the process and title of the painting capture it. This painting, like many, was a bit of a struggle in that I knew where I was starting, and envisioned where I wanted go with it, but I wasn’t exactly sure how to get there. Not unlike many things in life, right? So, I dove in, plastering paint, colour, effort and imagination everywhere, and soon found myself halfway done but totally stumped as to how to get from “Here”, to the end (“There”). It seemed I had two totally different paintings that I needed to somehow connect in the middle to make it a cohesive picture. I so I stalled – just stopped and stared at it for several hours, walked away, went back, and walked away again. The next day with renewed determination, I went back, took a deep breath, and started again. I accepted the uncertainty of how it would turn out, determined to put in my best effort, and keep putting one foot in front of the other. I often say to myself when I’m painting, or staring down something else that is daunting: “If you don’t start, you’ll never finish”. And then I start – sometimes apprehensively and carefully, sometime I dive right in, but I start, and inevitably I finish, and discover I have once again made it from here to there. Life is like that, I think – full of opportunities and challenges to accept and to face, and I believe if we each keep putting one foot in front of the other, we can each finish our own unique journey in our own beautiful and interesting way.”