Brenda Boylan

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    Brenda Boylan

     

    Pastel 24 x 24

     Crossroads by Brenda Boylan was selected as a Finalist in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

     

    Biography

     

    Biography

    Native to the West coast and an Applied Art and Design graduate of Cal Poly University, Brenda began her creative career as a designer for high profile sportswear clients. Ten years later and desiring a more fulfilled and meaningful life, she carried her sense of balance, color and composition over to fine art and has never looked back. Inspired by the Impressionists, her color-filled work has gained national Master recognition with the Pastel Society of America, and Signature recognition with the International Association of Pastel Societies, American Impressionist Society, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and Northwest Pastel Society. Brenda enjoys painting competitively in plein air events and has been a featured instructor at the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th Plein Air Conventions. 

     

    Brenda’s work has been published in The Pastel Journal (cover story), Plein Air Magazine, The Art of Plein Air Painting, The Best of America Pastel, and has her own signature line of Jack Richeson Pastels. Her work has been displayed at the Favell Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Museum.  Brenda works equally in Oil and Pastel, and she lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband of 30+ years.

     

    Boylan is currently represented by The Mission Gallery in St. George, UT.

     

    Artist Statement

    My art is a visual display of all my senses orchestrating at once. Every time I enter into another painting my surroundings come alive from the rhythm of my heartbeat, the glow of light, the structure of design and the dance of color. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by beauty that I struggle to harness these feelings, but I am drawn to do it as if breathing. As I layer pigment down it is a slow unveiling of my inner self to the world, revealing the imperfections that I wish to improve with every mark. And so I paint.

     

         

     

    Professional Affiliations

    Master Pastelist, Pastel Society of America  

    Signature Member, International Association of Pastel Societies

    Signature Member, American Impressionist Society
    Signature Member, Northwest Pastel Society 
    Signature Member, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

    Member & Instructor, Oregon Society of Artists
    Member Oil Painters of America

     

    Selected Awards and Recognition

    2019

    Best of Show, Northwest Pastel Society 33rd Annual International Exhibit 

    Art du Pastel en France Award, 47th Annual Pastel Society of America

    Master Class Finalist, January Art Muse Contest

    Second Place, Willamette Valley Lavender Festival Plein Air

    Honorable Mention, 20th Annual American Impressionist Society Annual Quick Draw

    Honorable Mention, Plein Air Easton Quick Draw

    Finalist September Bold Brush Competition

     

    2018

    First Place, Oregon Society of Artists, 36th Annual Portland Rose Festival Art Show

    Best VehiclePleinAir Salon

    Master Class Finalist, Art Muse July Contest

    Pastel Field Artist, Plein Air Convention & Expo

    Honorable Mention, Willamette Valley Lavender Plein Air

     

    2017 

    Second Place, Oregon Society of Artists 200 for 200 Show
    Second Place & Honorable Mention, Washington County Plein Air
    Third Place, Northwest Pastel Society Member Show 
    Peoples Choice & Third Place, WV Lavender Plein Air Festival

    Pastel Lecture & Demo, Plein Air Convention & Expo

    2016

    First Place & Patron's Award, Willamette Valley Lavender Plein Air 
    Finalist, FASO Bold Brush
    Bill McEnroe Award, Northwest Pastel Society 30th Annual International Exhibit

    2015
    Dr. Edward H. Boseker Award, Laguna Plein Air Invitational
    Jurors Choice Award, Washington County Plein Air
    Outstanding Pastel, FASO Bold Brush
    3rd Place Sponsor's Award, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
    Finalist, FASO Bold Brush


    2014 

    President's Award, Pastel Society of America
    Outstanding Pastel. FASO Bold Brush
    Award of Excellence, Yamhill Plein Air
    Honorable Mention, Los Gatos Plein Air

    2013
    Best of Show & Purchase Award Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts 

    Second Place Award, Pacific Northwest Plein Air

    Pastel Demo Artist, Plein Air Convention & Expo
     

    2012
    Best Farm Scene, Pacific Northwest Plein Air
    Second Place & Honorable Mention, Yamhill Lavender Plein Air
    Third Place Award, Los Gatos Plein Air

    Pastel Demo Artist, Plein Air Convention & Expo

     

    2011

    1st Place AwardYamhill Lavender Plein Air Festival 

    Blue Ribbon AwardLake Oswego Festival of the Arts
    Pongson Espada Memorial AwardNorthwest Pastel Society 25th International Exhibit
    Pastel Painters of Hawaii AwardPastel Society of America 39th Annual
    Honorable Mention AwardPacific Northwest Plein Air Festival

     

    2010 - prior
    Peoples ChoicePacific Northwest Plein Air
    Best in MarinePacific Northwest Plein Air
    Kitty Wallis Award of MeritNorthwest Pastel Society 24th International Exhibit
    Honorable Mention, HIllsboro Plein Air event

     


    Selected Group & Solo Shows

    2019

    Pastel Society of America 47th Annual Enduring Brilliance, National Arts Club, NYC, NY

    American Impressionist Society 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NYC, NY 

    Pastel Demo Artist, 13th Annual International Association of Pastel Societies Convention

    Plein Air Easton! Invited Ambassador Alumni, Easton, MD

    Where In the World Is Online Show, Illume Gallery, St George, UT

    International Association of Pastel Societies, 34th Annual Juried Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM

    Northwest Pastel Society 33rd International Juried Exhibition, Tacoma, WA  

     

    2018

    American Impressionist Society 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition, NYC

    Pastel Society of America, 46th Annual Enduring Brilliance, National Arts Club, NYC

    Pastel Society of the West Coast, 2018 Juried Online Membership Show

    American Impressionist Society 2nd Annual Small Works Show, Greenwich House Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

    Door County Plein Air Invitational, Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI

     
    2017
    Pastel Society of America 45th Annual Enduring Brilliance, National Arts Club, NYC 
    Holiday Small Works Show, South Street Gallery, Easton, MD 
    NPS Members Show, Oregon Society of Artists, Portland, OR 
    South Street Gallery, People's Choice Plein Air Invitational, Easton, MD

    International Association of Pastel Societies, 33rd Annual Show, Albuquerque, NM

    13th Annual Best of Plein Air 2017, LPAPA, Forest & Ocean Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA  
    Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA. 
    American Impressionist Small Works Show, Randy Higbee Gallery,  Irvine, CA 
    Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Signature Impressions, Laguna Beach, CA 
    Pacific Northwest Plein Air, Hood River, OR.

    2016
    Pastel Society of the West Coast, Pastels USA, Morro Bay, CA 
    International Association of Pastel Societies 29th Juried Online Exhibition.
    Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA.
    Pastel Society of America, 44th Annual Enduring Brilliance, National Arts Club, NYC, NY
    Plein Air Easton!, Easton, MD
    NPS Annual Pastel International Exhibit, Tacoma, WA
    Brian Marki Gallery, Portland Paints the Desert, Palm Springs, CA

     

    2015
    Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA
    Door County Plein Air Invitational, Door County, WI 
    Brian Marki Gallery, Portland Paints the Desert, Palm Springs, CA
    Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts Chronicle, Lake Oswego, OR
    Los Gatos Plein Air, Los Gatos, CA

     

    2014
    Pastel Society of America, 42nd Annual Enduring Brilliance, National Arts Club, NYC. 
    Door County Plein Air Invitational, Door County, WI.
    Butler Museum  Pastel Invitational, Pastel Society of America,  Youngstown, OH., 
    ART Elements Gallery, The Verdant Valley Solo Show, Newberg, OR.
    Portland Art Museum, Plein Air Invitational, Portland, OR. 
    Pacific Northwest Plein Air, Hood River, OR.
    International Association of Pastel Societies, IAPS Annual Show, Butler Museum, OH.
    Los Gatos Plein Air, Los Gatos, CA.,
    Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts Chronicle, Lake Oswego, OR., 
    Beaverton Arts Showcase, OR.

     

    2013
    Pastel Society of America, 41st Annual Enduring Brilliance, National Arts Club, NYC
    Favell Museum, Favell Museum Invitational, Klamath Falls, OR.
    Plein Air Easton!, Easton, MD.
    Pacific Northwest Plein Air, Hood River, OR.
    Los Gatos Plein Air, Los Gatos, CA.
    Art Elements Gallery Plein Air Showcase, Newberg, OR. .
    Laguna Plein Air Painters AssociationAnnual Best of Plein Air Show, Laguna Beach, CA.
    Plein Air Easton!, Easton, MD.
    Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts Chronicle, Lake Oswego, OR.
    Randy Higbee Gallery6 Inch Squared, Costa Mesa, CA.

     

    2005 - 2012
    Pastel Society of America, 40th Annual Enduring Brilliance, National Arts Club, NYC.
    American Impressionists Society, 13th National Juried Exhibition
    International Association of Pastel Societies, IAPS Annual Show, Butler Museum, OH.
    Portland Art MuseumPlein Air Invitational, Portland, OR.
    NPS Annual Pastel International Exhibit, Tacoma, WA.
    Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts Chronicle, Lake Oswego, OR.
    Los Gatos Plein Air, Los Gatos, CA.
    Caswell Gallery, Passages Solo ShowTroutdale, OR.
    Beaverton Arts Showcase, OR.
    Randy Higbee Gallery6 Inch Squared, Costa Mesa, CA.,
    Signature Member Show, Northwest Pastel Society, Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA., 
    American Art CompanySeven Wonders of the West, Tacoma, WA. 
    Plein Air Painters of Oregon, Celebration Oregon, High Desert Gallery, Bend, OR. 
    Portland Open Studios Tour, Portland, OR., 

     

    Permanent Collections
    Edward H. and Yvonne Boseker, Laguna Beach, CA
    Kaiser Permanente, Hillsboro, OR.
    City of Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego, OR.

    Joe and Ciaran Rooney, Dublin, IR.
    Dahl Family, Portland, OR.
    Pierre-Yann Guidetti, Savior Faire, Paris, FR.
    John and Sue McSorley, Carmel, CA

    Steve Hunker, Portland, OR
    Alan Brock, Easton, MD
    Kathleen McGrorty, Irvine, CA.

    Rosemary A. Thompson, UK.

    Dee Silknitter Wright, Portland, OR.

    Pat Johnson, Roanoke, VA.

    Wynne Wakkila, Tigard, OR.

    Loni Parrish, Newberg, OR.

    Craig Williams, Portland, OR.

     

    Publications

     
    The Art of Plein Air Painting: An Essential Guide to Materials, Concepts & Techniques by M. Stephen Doherty, Sept 2017
    Plein Air Magazine Podcast #EP38, "The Importance of Drawing" Oct 2016
    Jack Richeson Signature Pastels, Starter Set & NW Plein Air set. Jack Richeson, Inc. 2018
    Savior-Faire, Box cover of Sennellier Pastel Plein Air Ocean set 
    Plein Air Magazine, May 2013 pgs 71-73, Jan 2015, pg 29, April 2016, pg 100
    The Pastel Journal (Cover Story), Dec 2014  
    SouthwestArt, Aug 2013, pg 38-39 Nov 2012,
    Outdoor Painter Online, May, June, Sept 2012, Nov 2013
    Best of Artists, Pastels II, Kennedy Publishing, 2009

     

    Jury Appointments

    IAPS 33rd Annual Juried Webshow 2018

    Corvallis Art Guild 2017
    Northwest Oil Painters Guild 2015
    Gateway to Sedona, 2014
    Umpqua Plein Air 2013
    Painter's Showcase 2013

     

     

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