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An active participant in the arts community, Brenda has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society (2002-04, 2007-09) and Watercolor West (2001-04).  Her paintings and sketches have been featured in Watercolor Magazine 2000 and 2004, Watercolor Highlights 2006, Quarterly Magazine, Wheels of Time and numerous other publications.  She is the artist author of 2 books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook an Award of Excellence Finalist and Steps to Success in Watercolor.  She has received numerous awards for her painting and is in demand to demonstrate her watercolor techniques to groups and to teach watercolor workshops.  Brenda lives in South Pasadena, CA.

Step to Success in Watercolor, Walter Foster Publication, 2007
80 Watercolor Painting References, Walter Foster Publication, 2006, Contributor
Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook, Walter Foster Publication, 2005, Award of Excellence Finalist 2006

Watercolor Highlights, 2006
Wheels of Time Magazine, Summer 2005
Quarterly Magazine, Summer Issue 2005-Weekly Treasure Hunt on Gold Line
Daniel Smith Art Supplies, 2005 Spring Catalog- Ink Smith article, 3 page demonstration
Watercolor Magazine, Summer Issue 2004—“Painting Along a Commuter Line”
Art Supply Warehouse, Cover Award 4/2003
Pasadena Star News, 3/2002 Article on paintings & volunteer work at Five Acres
Watercolor Magazine, Spring Issue 2000—“A Driving Devotion”
Classic Trucks Magazine, 3/2000
Classic Trucks Magazine, 7/1999
Classic Trucks Magazine, 5/1999

Permanent Collections:
Providence Saint Joseph Foundation, 10/2006

National Watercolor Society, Board of Directors 2002-04, 2007-09
Watercolor West, Board of Directors 2001-04
Valley Watercolor Society-Juried Member
Mid-Valley Arts League, Board Member 1997-02
Signature Membership:
Watercolor West

Commercial  Art:
Tournament of Roses, Float Illustration 2006 (for 2007 Rose Parade)
Daniel Smith Inc., Fredrix Canvas promotion 1/2004
Herman Dodge & Son, Truck Designs on Mugs (4) 1999
Herman Dodge & Son, Floral Designs on Cups (4) 1998
Pacific Design Consultants, Nordigue Tours, Illustration 1997
Rain Bird Corporation, Package Design 94
Painted Hearts & Friends, Greeting Cards & Stationary 1993-96
Teaching & Workshops:
Travel Workshop, Italy
VIVA (Valley Institute of Visual Arts), Sherman Oaks, CA
Art Methods & Materials Show, Pasadena, CA
Fine Artist’s Factory-Pasadena, CA
Brand Art Center-Glendale, CA
Creative Arts Group - Sierra Madre, CA
Schroeder Studio & Gallery, Orange, CA

Italy -- 9/2007
Netherlands-- 06/97
Mediterranean-- 07/94
England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales-- 07/93                          

ABC’s Extreme Makeover- coached participant (Kerra) for a future in art, 10/06
KABC 7 News- Interview with Gene Gleeson 1/28/06

Awards* & Shows
12/07   Watercolor West XXXIX Annual Juried Exhibition
10/07*  S.C.O.R.E. (So. Calif. Open Regional Exhibition) Juried, Daler-Rowney Award
04/07*  San Dimas Festival of Western Arts-Invitational National Exhibition, Silver Award
04/07* Valley Watercolor Society-Juried, Honorable Mention
12/06   Segil Fine Art Gallery- Small Treasures, Juried
10/06   S.C.O.R.E. (So. Calif. Open Regional Exhibition) Juried
07/06   Segil Fine Art Gallery, 3 Person Show
04/06* San Dimas Festival of Western Arts-Invitational National Exhibition, Silver Award & Honorable Mention
04/06   Valley Watercolor Society-Juried
12/05   Small Works Show, Segil Gallery, Juried
09/05   Jardis En Plein Air, Invitational-Whites & Segil Fine Art Galley
07/05   Strokes of Local Color, Plein Air Invitational, Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach
07/05   One Woman’s Vision, From Sketch to Paintings, Solo Exhibit-Segil Fine Art Gallery
04/05* San Dimas Festival of Western Arts-Invitational National Exhibition, Honorable Mention
04/05* Valley Watercolor Society-Juried, 2nd Place Award
12/04   Mountain Side Gallery-Invitational
10/04* Watercolor West- Annual Juried Exhibition, Awarded Signature Membership
04/04   San Dimas Festival of Arts-Invitational National Exhibition
03/04   Valley Watercolor Society-Juried
02/04   Fallbrook Art & Cultural Center-National Watercolor Society & Watercolor West, Invitational
12/03   Mountain Side Gallery-Invitational
09/03   Millard Sheets Gallery-Invitational
08/03   VIVA-Juried
06/03* Valley Watercolor Society-Juried, Canson Award
05/03   Sierra Madre Art Fair-Invitational
04/03   San Dimas Festival of Western Arts-Invitational National Exhibition
01/03   VIVA-Juried
10/02   Watercolor West- Annual Juried Exhibition
05/02   Sierra Madre Art Fair-Invitational
04/02   San Dimas Festival of Western Arts-Invitational National Exhibition
04/02* Mid-Valley Arts League- Master Circle 2nd Place                                                                                          
03/02* Pasadena Presbyterian Church Art Show -Juried 1st
03/02* Valley Watercolor Society-Juried, 1st Place
09/01   S.C.O.R.E. (So. Calif. Open Regional Exhibition) Juried
09/01   Watercolor West XXXIII Annual Juried Exhibition
06/01* Valley Watercolor Society Juried, 3rd Place American Artist Magazine Award                
05/01   Sierra Madre Art Fair--Invitational
04/01   San Dimas Festival of Western Arts--Invitational National Exhibition        
09/00   S.C.O.R.E. (So. Calif. Open Regional Exhibition) Juried
06/00* Mid-Valley Arts League--Artist of the Year
05/00* Mid-Valley Arts League--46th Anniversary Show, 1st Place
05/00* Gold Coast Watercolor Society-Juried, Honorable Mention     
05/00   Sierra Madre Art Fair-Invitational
04/00* Valley Watercolor Society--Juried, Winsor & Newton Award                                                
03/00   Pasadena Presbyterian Church 26th Art Show--Juried           
03/00* National Watercolor Society, National Members Show--Juried Honorable Mention    
02/00   Thousand Oaks Art Association--Juried                                                     
10/99* San Gabriel Fine Arts Assoc.- 1st, 2nd, People's Choice and John Bohnenberger Award for Best of WC 
08/99   Valley Watercolor Society--Juried                      
06/99* Mid-Valley Arts League-- Artist of the Year
05/99* Mid-Valley Arts League-- 45th Anniversary Show, Best of Show                                                                            
04/99* San Gabriel Fine Arts Association-1st Place
03/99* Pasadena Presbyterian Church 25th Art Show-- Juried, 2nd, 3rd & Honorable Mention
03/99* Valley Watercolor Society-- Juried, 2nd Place & People's Choice Award
01/99* Valley Institute of Visual Arts--Juried                                            
10/98   Monrovia Arts in the Park--Group Show
04/98* Mid-Valley Arts League--44th Anniversary Show--3rd Place
03/98* Pasadena Presbyterian Church 24th Art Show--Juried         
12/97   Watercolors of the Netherlands--Group Show Citrus College
05/97   Mid-Valley Arts League, 43rd Anniversary Show
04/97   San Gabriel Fine Arts Association
03/97   Pasadena Presbyterian Church 23rd Art Show--Juried
03/96  Pasadena Presbyterian Church 22nd Art Show--Juried
05/95  Mid Valley Arts League, 42nd Anniversary Show
04/94  Celebration of the Arts, South Pasadena
03/93  Pasadena Presbyterian Church 19th Art Show-- Juried                
01/92* Pasadena City College--Superior Achievement Award in Watercolor

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