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 Growing up on the southern California coast, Brenda Boylan lived in humbling conditions often exercising her imagination with every available art material to feed her creative muse. Because of the warm coastal weather, a great majority of her time was spent sketching outdoors as she discovered her surroundings either on the shoreline, in the desert canyons, or eucalyptus groves. These places are embedded deep in her memory as her most joyful times, causing a strong desire to drive her life’s direction into the field of art. Rising above many challenges, she earned her way through college and earned a B.S. degree from California Polytechnic State University in Applied Art and Design.
In the height of the 80’s, Boylan began her artistic career as a graphic designer in Oregon creating designs for high profile sportswear clients such as NIKE, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, and Avia. In 1994, seeking a more flexible and rewarding schedule, she carried her sense of balance and design over to a fine art career painting in pastel or oil, quickly earning her the distinction of Signature Memberships with the Pastel Society of America, the Northwest Pastel Society, and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Her biggest joy is the practice of plein air painting on location as well as teaching pastel workshops.
Nationally known, her work has been displayed at The National Arts Club NYC, the Butler Institute of American Art Museum, The Oregon Historical Museum, The Portland Art Museum, and the Favell Museum. Recently, Brenda’s work has received national attention in The Pastel Journal (Front cover, Dec 2014), Southwest Artist Magazine Aug 2013, Plein Air Magazine April 2012, 2016, The Best of America Pastel Series II and she was a Featured Artist at the 2nd and 3rd Annual Plein Air Conventions in Monterey, CA.
Boylan is currently represented by The American Art Company in Tacoma, WA., Brian Marki Fine Art in Palm Springs, CA., and Portland, OR., and Earthworks Gallery in Yachats, OR.. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children.
Artist Statement 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 design and the dance of color. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by 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.