We are welcoming Brenda Boylan back to the Gallery for the months of December and January. Of course, she has never really left, but will be bringing a large body of new work. Most of you know Brenda’s pastel work, but Brenda has been working in oils for the past year. She has developed her own unique style in this medium and has also been painting city scapes as well as landscapes. Her new work is guaranteed to have her signature appeal.

Brenda Boylan began her artistic career in California as a graphic designer, working with such notable clients as NIKE and Columbia Sportswear. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the Northwest Pastel Society, and is an award winning and published pastel painter. Boylan is currently featured in the April/May 2012 issue of  Plein Air Magazine, where she discusses and demonstrates her unique technique. Boylan has an affinity for painting ‘en plein air’, which she describes as a combination of joy, poetry, and spirituality that uses all her senses to capture the landscape’s beauty. She also enjoys creating studio works when the winter months keep her indoors. She is often inspired by reflection on water, the seasonal color changes in the landscape, and the occasional urban scene. Boylan’s work can also be found in private corporate collections throughout the U.S. She resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children.

Artist Statement
Painting is my refuge and my source. It is where I lose myself and find myself, again. As I layer pigment down in the form of pastel or oil, I am transformed to another level of consciousness, much like meditation, where I develop a joyful, poetic conversation with my subject. Each painting measures another step in my journey as an artist that often results in a never ending discovery of my visual world.  Working both outdoors and in my studio provides room to communicate color relationships, light, and form. This desire to create and interpret what I see around me is a gift, a treasure, and the roadmap to my best and truest self.

My move into oils has been an expedient one over the course of the year. The oils compliment my pastel work, and on some levels, influencing my technique with pastels, making them loose and more gestural. My current series of work presented in Caswell’s upcoming show will be a mix of both pastel and oil medium featuring my fascination with busy street scenes and urban nocturnes. Some pieces were painted “en plein air”, a French term that means ‘in the open air’, giving the artwork a looseness that offers excitement and spontaneity for the viewer.

Brenda’s most recent awards include:
Best Farm Scene, Pacific Northwest Plein Air, September 2012
Second Place and Honorable Mention, Yamhill Lavender Plein Air, July 2012
Third Place Award, Los Gatos Plein Air, June 2012

Pause on Sellwood, 8 x 10, Oil
Crossing the Perch, 24 x 24, Pastel