When asked how and why Brenda became an artist, she recalls her youth expressing playful curiosity and imagination with anything malleable she could find. Mixing the hardships of her youth living on the edge of poverty with a strong work ethic fueled by her raw determination, careful planning, discipline, and focus, Brenda earned a B. S. Degree in Applied Art and Design at Cal Poly State University in 1986. She initiated her career by designing for the Sportswear industry. Ambivalent about this path, she left corporate life for her art and mind. She now works equally in Oil and Pastel and is deeply inspired by the Impressionists. Her color-filled work has earned several awards, but the most meaningful accomplishments are the Master's recognitions with the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies.
Brenda's 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 Illume Gallery Online, and Art Elements Gallery in Newberg, OR.
My approach to creativity stems from an investigational curiosity. I embrace my art-making like a child without boundaries, questioning how I can do things differently. The joy of stretching rules allows new ideas to flourish while the push and pull of color, composition, and intention is held tight. My process allows immense freedom while artistic principles hold me in line.
What if? Why not? How fun!