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Brenda York
Brenda York
 
 
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As far back as I can remember, I have drawn and painted faces. In fact, there is much evidence pointing to the fact that I spent an inordinate amount of time drawing Sister Mary Francis Catherine in 3rd Grade instead of paying attention in math class. In addition to my studies of the good Sister MFC, I also earned a BFA at Arizona State University and continued my fine art training at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and Idyllwild Arts. I am a transplant from the Midwest and now happily call San Diego home.

My Daily Paintings represent my personal challenge to create a new painting almost every day, all the while staying true to my vision. I love to paint narrative pieces with offbeat, quirky figures that shine a little light on the human experience. Lately I've been interested in "deconstructing" the architecture of the face to see how far I can abstract it and still capture the intangible human qualities.

I am drawn to rich, vibrant color. My characters are whimsical people painted with traditional methods and a sense of sophistication. The backgrounds of my paintings are typically thick, saturated pigment applied with a palette knife. I then draw back into the paint with symbols and words adding a linear and textural quality to the surface. I sometimes even include those elusive math symbols. Sister Mary Francis Catherine would be proud.