Description Out driving on a hot July afternoon, I came upon a lavender field in full bloom. It looks like a scenic view in Provence, France, but no, it is North Plains, Oregon. Pickers harvesting the fragrant herb, I stopped and took some quick snapshots of the field. You could just smell the lavender in the photo. I have painted from that photo 3 different times, this one being the last and final. Pastel on Sandpaper.
Brenda Boylan, Beaverton Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement Biography
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 Master recognitions with the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies. Additionally, Brenda also retains three national Signature recognitions.
Her artwork has been published in The Pastel Journal (cover story), Plein Air Magazine, Pratique des Artes (France), The Art of Plein Air Painting, The Best of America Pastel, and she has assembled a signature product line of Jack Richeson Pastels. Brenda enjoys painting in Plein Air events and has been a favorite featured instructor at five Plein Air Conventions. Her most satisfying accomplishment to date was having her work displayed at The Butler Institute of American Art Museum, OH., the Favell Museum, OR., The Academy Museum of Art, MD., and the Oregon Historical Museum, OR.
Boylan is currently represented by The Mission Gallery in St. George, UT., and Art Elements Gallery in Newberg, OR
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, the structure of the design, and the dance of color. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the 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.