Brenda remembers fondly when her early drawings had caught the interest of a local newspaper. Life, however, would soon take Brenda into a new direction involving marriage and children. Painting was set aside as she cared for her family. Once her children were grown and responsibilities of the home had relaxed, Brenda needed to find a way to fill her hours. Remembering how much she used to enjoy creating art, she decided to pursue painting once again under the guidance of painter and mentor, Mary Nowack in Onaping Falls. Brenda recalls warmly that it felt as though she were ‘falling in love again’! Her preferred medium is oil paint although she has begun to work with watercolours as well. She uses references such as photos to help guide her paintings but likes to begin with on-site presence where she can get a more keen sense of colour, shape and composition.
The following paintings were part of the exhibit celebrating the Gallery's 10th anniversary October 28th, 2012:
Brenda recalls the spring excursion that prompted this painting. The rush of water was so intense that it made crossing the falls on the foot-bridge all the more frightening, she recounts...although, she did it! In the fall, she loves to visit the location in order to enjoy the autumnal colours that frame the falls. One can almost hear the rushing waters when viewing this impressive painting.
My son loves elephants…Brenda explains when describing her newest work in progress. This painting captures the character of the relationship between man and elephant at the circus..
Brenda and her husband Sylvio would head off to Georgian Bay in Penetang to go salmon fishing. Brenda remembers how her arms felt on this occasion. Her arms seemed to become longer, heavier and more tired as she desperately hung on to the downrigger (the fishing pole) to draw the 18 lb. salmon out of the dark Georgian waters into the boat!