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 Painting is my refuge and my source. It is where I lose myself and find myself, again. As I layer pigment down in the form of pastel or oil, I am transformed to another level of consciousness, much like meditation, where I develop a joyful, poetic conversation with my subject. Each painting measures another step in my journey as an artist that often results in a never ending discovery of my visual world. Working both outdoors and in my studio provides room to communicate color relationships, light, and form. This desire to create and interpret what I see around me is a gift, a treasure, and the roadmap to my best and truest self.
Award winning artist Brenda Boylan began her creative career as a graphic designer in Oregon creating designs for high profile sportswear clients such as NIKE, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear and Avia. As a fine art painter, Brenda’s work has earned her the distinction of Signature Membership with the Pastel Society of America and the Northwest Pastel Society. She enjoys the practice of plein air painting on location in organized west coast plein air groups and events. She is an enthusiastic teacher of the pastel medium and enjoys volunteering her creative time with grade school art programs. Her work has been published in Plein Air Magazine May 2012 Issue, The Best of America Pastel Series II, and displayed at the Butler Institute of American Art Museum in Youngstown, OH., as well as permanent display in Kaiser Medical Centers.