Artist Statement :I sometimes believe I became a still life painter, because I really love food. Juicy fruits, colorful vegetables, glasses of wine, I adore all of these earthly gastronomical pleasures, so it is only natural that I am moved to paint them. One of my other great loves in life is foreign travel, the more exotic the better. My still lifes are often filled with objects I drag home with me from far away places. I have made a point to continually study art and improve my skill level. I have chosen mostly independent study with teachers that I admire greatly and have always found this path to be very inspirational. I’ll always remember what one of my very favorite teachers once told me after a frustrating day of painting and he used Rembrandt as an example, when he declared “Brenda, you need to keep painting until your worst is good enough”
Artist BioBrenda Hart was born and raised in central Illinois. Being somewhat of an adventure seeker she went to work in a coal mine for several years in her early twenties. Shortly after leaving the mine, she traveled to South America and fell in love with Peru. She then formed Wanderlust Imports and began trading in various handicrafts. After more than 20 years as an importer, Brenda decided to turn the business over to someone else and pursue a new career as a painter. Something she always dreamed of doing. Currently she is painting still lifes, murals and teaching art and still works with artisans in Peru. She resides in Boulder, Colorado
1983 Drawing and Color Theory, Lincoln Land Community College Spfld. Ill.
1984-85 Oil painting and drawing techniques, private study Denver, Co.
with Peter Katz
1986 Life drawing and Printmaking, University of Colorado Boulder, Co.
1988-91 Figure drawing, Painting and Anatomy studies with Boulder, Co
L.V. Davis at Boulder Academy of Fine Art
2000 Oil painting techniques, Academy of Realist Art Seattle, Wa.
2003 Trompe l’oeil Mural Painting with Janet Shearer, Cornwall, England
2003 – 04 Discipline-based art education for elementary and middle school children.Continuing Education, University of Colorado Boulder, Co.
1998 Solo show-Ars Nova Choral Group Boulder & Denver, Co.
1999 Lakewood Arts Council, From the Garden Show, Lakewood, Co.
1999-2000-2004 -2005Participant in Open Studios Boulder, Co.
2001 This is Where We Draw the Line, group drawing show Loveland, Co.
at Columbine Gallery
2002 “ White” group show, Columbine Gallery Loveland Co.
2002 South Metro Chamber of Commerce, group show Denver, Co.
2005 Loretto Inn – Artist Invitational Santa Fe, NM
2004-05 Loretto Inn- Artist in Residence Program Santa Fe, MN
Cash award, Honorable mention, Lakewood Arts Council Lakewood, Co.
Hilton Creve – Burbank, Ca.
Chris & Jack Harris – Santa Fe, NM.
Basilia Villareal – Santa Fe, NM.
Penni & Mark LaLiberte – Mural – Oakley,Ca.
Dinstuhls Fine Auto Service – Mural – Boulder, Co.
Luis Villar Commission – Lima, Peru
Steve & Mary Ertzberger – Boulder, Co.
Robin McGuire – Mural – Longmont,Co
Figure drawing, Waldorf Shining Mountain – Boulder, Co. High School
GALLERY REPRESENTATIONColumbine Galleries – Loveland, Co.
Brenda’s original oil paintings can be viewed through the Columbine Gallery and paintings may be purchased through the Gallery.
Print purchases and mural commissions are available only through the Studio Hart website or with Brenda Hart.