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As young student Brenda Thomas pursued an art curriculum at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the University of Hawaii, and Long Beach State University. She enjoyed success with her large representational and abstract oil paintings, as well as her drawings. Children, a career in clothing design, and a life of travel took her attention from painting for many years but never from refining her expression; she spent countless hours of every year experiencing paintings in museums and art galleries across the US and in Europe.
Along the way Brenda has lived in many places of great natural beauty, including the Hawaiian Islands, the Swiss Alps, the central coast of California, Mt. Shasta California, and the piedmont region of North Carolina. In 1998 she moved to Park City Utah where Brenda discovered a beauty that spoke directly to her, and spoke so powerfully that not only was she inspired to paint again, but her senses and her spirit compelled her to paint. A voice within her that had been muted for years was finally allowed to emerge.
The subject choices of landscapes and flora were obvious for Brenda, as they were the impetus for all of her creations. It was movement and transparency that led her to watercolor as a primary medium. She also uses acrylics as an alternate expression to capture other aspects of beauty and truth symbolized in nature.
Brenda’s return to painting continues to draw her closer to nature. Her floral studies and individual landscapes display the glow of sun