Brenda Swenson
SwensonRoseBrenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in Splash 11, 12 & 14, Artistic Touch 4, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, and numerous other publications. Brenda has been awarded signature membership in Watercolor West (WW), Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS), San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS), and she has won numerous awards for her paintings. An active participant in the arts community she has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. She is in demand to teach and demonstrate her painting and sketching techniques to groups nationwide and abroad.

“Being a painter is more than mastery of techniques. I strive to express how I feel about my world and my emotional response to it. It’s my desire to communicate. My tools are that of a painter: brush, paint and paper. My greatest fulfillment comes when working en plein air (outdoors). Working quickly has taught me to trust what I see. Striving to capture the effects of light as the scene is changing keeps my response honest and direct.”

Robert Henri expresses the notion superbly:

“The sketch hunter moves through life as he finds it, not passing negligently the things he loves, but stopping to know them, and to note them down in the shorthand of his sketchbook”.
Brenda’s Website: http://www.swensonsart.net/.
Blog: http://brendaswenson.blogspot.com/