Brenda Salyers, Winchester, Kentucky Member Since September 2012 Artist Statement Hi, and welcome to my world. With imagination being the center. I live in Morehead, Kentucky. Born and raised in Winchester, Kentucky. From an early age I always had art as my driving force in all that I did. I am mostly self taught, with various classes here and there, and of course still learning. My studio is in my backyard, so it is easy to start and end my days with art. Thank God I have a supporting family. My husband Wayne will sometimes have to remind me it is midnight, and time to come in, he realizes I lose time when I paint. I didn't set out to be an architectural artist or to create artwork relating to social commentary but as my portfolio developed and people started to review my work, the descriptions started to emerge and I began to notice a pattern I hadn't intended but am now pleased with. My work tends to focus on Kentucky architecture, the evolution of man and his material, the development of bigger and bigger cities, and the consequences this has on nature. Some reviews have labeled my work as quite unique with a sense of amazement and enjoyment, but I always try to depict a positive message too - the persistence of nature in recapturing what once belonged to the earth, the stones, bricks, wood, without all the human clutter, of electric wires, cars, people, I call this “Romancing the Cities or Towns”. At school, the only class I really paid any attention to was art. I simply wasn't interested in anything else and I think my obsession with depicting the monotony of the work place and work force started there... Some of my subject matter is not what you would normally see in a particular town, I remove all the unsightly items and leave just the architecture, stretching, moving until the image feels right. I sold a print to a very nice lady, and she went immediately to the spot in the town, and called me from her cell phone and told me she didn’t see in person what I had in my work. I told her she didn’t buy a photograph, she bought my art of that particular area. It was my vision. She said she liked my vision better. I told her I “Romanced the Town” that’s why it looked so good. She left happy, and now collects each town as I release it. My goal is to do all 120 counties of Kentucky. None of this was intentional - it all developed and evolved over time. As an artist, if you've made a piece of art and that's how you wanted it to be - hopefully it can speak for itself and whatever it says to the viewer - is the right message because there isn't a wrong and a right message. Each person takes something a little different from the same piece and I'm happy with that. Influences: My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience, but I've always loved architecture particularly in my home state of Kentucky. It always amazes me; our small towns may not have a stoplight, but there is most always an absolutely fabulous piece of architecture to be seen there.