Brenda Boylan PSA, NPS
Growing up on the southern California coast, Brenda Boylan lived in humbling conditions, often exercising her imagination with every available art material to feed her creative muse. Because of the warm coastal weather, a great majority of her time was spent outdoors as she discovered her surroundings either on the shoreline, in the desert canyons, or eucalyptus groves. These places are embedded deep in her memory as her most difficult yet joyful times as she had endured conditions most others could not conceive, causing a strong desire to drive her life’s direction. Rising above many challenges, she earned her way through college and earned a B.S. degree from California Polytechnic State University in Applied Art and Design.
In the height of the 80’s, Boylan began her artistic career as a graphic designer in Oregon creating designs for high profile sportswear clients such as NIKE, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, and Avia. In 1994, Her sense of balance and design carried her over to a fulfilling fine art career, quickly earning her the distinction of Signature Memberships with the Pastel Society of America and the Northwest Pastel Society. Her biggest joy is the practice of plein air painting on location in organized plein air events as well as enthusiastically teaching the pastel medium. Her work has been published in Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Artist Magazine, The Best of America Pastel Series II, and displayed at The National Arts Club in New York City, the Butler Institute of American Art Museum in Youngstown, OH., as well at the Favell Museum in Klamath Falls, OR.
Boylan is currently represented by The American Art Company in Tacoma, WA., Caswell Gallery in Troutdale, OR., Earthworks Gallery in Yachats, OR., and Art Elements Gallery in Newberg, OR. and Attic Gallery in Portland, OR. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children.
Painting is my refuge and my source. It is where I lose myself and find myself, again. As I layer pigment down in the form of pastel or oil, I am transformed to another level of consciousness, much like meditation, where I develop a joyful, poetic conversation with my subject. Each painting measures another step in my journey as an artist that often results in a never ending discovery of my visual world. Working both outdoors and in my studio provides room to communicate color relationships, light, and form. This desire to create and interpret what I see around me is a gift, a treasure, and the roadmap to my best and truest self.
Member Laguna Plein Air Painters Association May 2013-present.
Associate Member American Impressionist Society May 2012-present.
Signature Member Pastel Society of America Aug 2011- present.
Signature Member Northwest Pastel Society April 2007- present.
Member Portland Plein Air & Studio Painters 2004-present.
Member Beaverton Arts Commission Sept. 2000-present.
Selected Awards and Recognition
Second Place Award, Pacific Northwest Plein Air, Sept 2013
Best of Show, Purchase Award Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, June 2013
Best Farm Scene, Pacific Northwest Plein Air, Sept 2012
Second Place and Honorable Mention, Yamhill Lavender Plein Air, July 2012
Third Place Award, Los Gatos Plein Air, June 2012
Pongson Espada Memorial Award, Northwest Pastel Society 25th Annual International, Nov 2011
Pastel Painters of Hawaii Award, Pastel Society of America 39th Annual, Sept 2011
Honorable Mention Award, Pacific Northwest Plein Air Festival, Aug 2011
1st Place Award, Yamhill Lavender Plein Air Festival, July 2011
Blue Ribbon Award, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, June 2011
Peoples Choice, Pacific Northwest Plein Air, Aug 2010
Best in Marine, Pacific Northwest Plein Air, Aug 2010
Kitty Wallis Award of Merit, Northwest Pastel Society International Show, July 2009
Honorable Mention, HIllsboro Plein Air event, July 2009
Honorable Mention Portland Plein Air & Studio Painters 4th Annual Show. Sept 2008
Honorable Mention Art Spectrum Colourfix Challenge, July 2007
Member’s Choice EBSQART.com Flower of the Month Show, Aug 2007
Jurors’ Choice EBSQART.com Reflections Show, June 2005
Jurors’ Choice EBSQART.com Elements Show, May 2005
Members’ Mention EBSQART.com Flower of the Month Show, April 2005
Members’ Mention EBSQART.com Flower of the Month Show, Feb 2005
Peoples’ Choice, Beaverton Arts Showcase, Feb 2002
Selected Group & Solo Shows
Favell Museum Invitational, Favell Museum, Klamath Falls, OR, Sept 2013
Plein Air Showcase, Art Elements Gallery, Newberg, OR. Sept 2013
Plein Air Easton! 2013, Easton, MD., July 2013
9th Annual Best of Plein Air Show, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, July 2013
Los Gatos Plein Air, Los Gatos, CA., June 2013
American Impressionists Society, 13th National Juried Exhibition, Indaianapolis, IN., Nov 2012
Plein Air Invitational, Portland Art Museum Portland, OR., August 2012
Passages Solo Show, Caswell Gallery, Troutdale, OR., June 2012
Los Gatos Plein Air, Los Gatos, CA., June 2012
Trilogy Quick Draw Invitational, Allison Resort, Newberg, OR., May 2012
26th Annual Pastel International, Northwest Pastel Society Tacoma, WA., May 2012
6 Inch Squared Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA., Dec., 2011
Pastel Invitational, Pastel Society of AmericaYoungstown, OH., Dec 2011
Visual Showcase Beaverton Arts Commission, Beaverton, OR., Nov 2011
25th Annual Pastel International, Northwest Pastel Society Tacoma, WA., Nov 2011
Pastel Society of America 39th Annual, National Arts Club, NY, NY., Sept 2011
Caswell Gallery Plein Air, Troutdale, OR., Sept 2011
Signature Member Show, Northwest Pastel Society, Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA., Aug 2011
Pacific Northwest Plein Air Festival, Hood River, OR., Aug 2011
Artists Refuge, Tualatin Valley Wildife Refuge, Sherwood, OR., June 2011
Los Gatos Plein Air, Los Gatos, CA., June 2011
Lake Oswego Chronicle, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR., June 2011
Trilogy Quick Draw Invitational Allison Resort, Newberg, OR., May 2011
Seven Wonders of the West, American Art Company, Tacoma, WA. May 2011
Cityscapes, Caswell Gallery, Troutdale, OR., May 2011
6 Inch Squared, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA., April 2011
Pacific Northwest Plein Air, Hood River, OR., Aug 2010
IAPS 16th Annual Show, International Association of Pastel Societies, Butler Museum, OH., July 2010
Amato's Group Exhibit, Amato's Gallery, Beaverton, OR., Feb, April, June, 2010
Celebration Oregon, Plein Air Painters of Oregon, High Desert Gallery, Bend, OR. Oct, 2009
Portland Open Studios Tour, Portland, OR., Oct 2009
NPS International Show, Northwest Pastel Society, Tacoma, WA., July 2009
HIllsboro Plein Air, Hillsboro, OR., July 2009
Portland Open Studios Tour, Portland, OR., Oct 2008
Portland Plein Air & Studio Painters 4th Annual Show, Portland, OR., Sept 2008
Portland Open Studios Tour, Portland, OR., Oct 2007
Beaverton Arts Showcase, OR., Feb 2002
Outdoor Painter Online, Nov 2013
SouthwestArt, Aug 2013
SouthwestArt, Nov 2012
Outdoor Painter Online, Sept 2012
Outdoor Painter Online, June 2012
Outdoor Painter Online, June 2012
Outdoor Painter Online, May 2012
Plein Air Magazine, May 2012 Issue
Best of Artists, Pastels II, Kennedy Publishing, 2009
Umpqua Plien Air, Sept 2013
Painter's Showcase, Sept 2013