I’m Brenda, a fine artist creating mostly pastel and oil paintings from my cosy home studio based in The Netherlands.
Since early childhood I’ve felt an urge to create, but I was taught to believe the starving artist myth. That’s why I never considered it to be a realistic option for me to become an artist, and I pursued a career as a web designer instead.
In 2018, after stumbling upon a tutorial on painting with Panpastels, I was triggered to try my hand at soft pastels. I got myself a few pans and pastel pencils and fell in love with art all over again. This marked the beginning of a wonderful art journey. I’ve since explored many different mediums, but consider soft pastels and oils to be my favorites to work with. Every pencil mark and brushstroke brings me joy and calm as the process allows me to soak in the beauty I see in people, nature and all the things.
Some facts about me
I start my day with
Cranberry green tea
Favorite studio outfit
Leggings and a sweater
Favorite holiday destination
My personality type
‘The adventurer’, ISFP-A
Permanent madder deep (PR264)
I’m from Surinamese decent
My little studio buddy, Lua, the Russian Toy Terrier
I’m very much fascinated by women’s faces: The complexity and beauty of each facial feature and it’s ability to express an array of different emotions that give us a glimpse of a person’s inner world and personality. Through painting faces I feel even more connected to other women, and to my authentic self.
Nature is also a source of inspiration to me. You’ll often find my muses in my paintings accompanied by flowers, or animals. And the colors and textures found in nature are the basis of recent explorations into more abstract work. By adding abstraction I create more room for your own interpretations and story.
Thank you for following along with me on this amazing journey!
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