Painting is Brenda's first and most lasting love. She claims, 'It doesn't cheat on me, die or otherwise desert me, and certainly, it doesn't bore me. Fortunately, painting continually challenges me and rewards me with as much and possibly more of what I give to it.'
Brenda credits her parents for who she is as an artist. They provided the encouragement and the means for her to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. A military 'lifer', her dad gifted her private oil painting lessons when she was nine years old. Mom, Millie, installed in both her children a profound appreciation for nature. Combining her love for painting and her love of the outdoors naturally drove Brenda to plein air painting, her preferred way to capture the world around her.
Beyond her parents, she gives credit to her teachers and mentors. They include watercolorists Cheng Khee Chee, Frank Webb, Charles Reid, and the late great Robert E. Wood, sumi-e artist Susan Frame, portrait artist John de la Vega, and oil painters Albert Handell, Carol Marine, and Susan Sarback.
Brenda lives to paint, currently in North Carolina, USA.