Brenda Boylan Fine Art

Brenda Boylan Fine Art

5.0 (7)
1 employee
18 years in business

About this pro

Native to the West coast and a graduate of California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, Brenda studied Applied Art & Design. She 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 Signature recognitions with the Pastel Society of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and the Northwest Pastel Society. She paints competitively in plein air events and has been a featured instructor at the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th Plein Air Conventions. Brenda has been a Pastel painting instructor for the Oregon Society of Artists since 2013

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 lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband of 30+ years.

Boylan is currently represented by The Mission Gallery in St. George, UT., and South Street Gallery in Easton, MD., and Brian Marki Fine Art in Palm Springs, CA.

I feel forutnate by what I can create and do. To me it is fullfilling when a student begins to show progress in their work.

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Portland, OR 97219
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  • Randy Winn

    I only began painting this last fall, and through Brenda's guidance, instruction, and encouragement, I have discovered a new passion, and perhaps, a long hidden artist. Her style of teaching responds to all levels of mastery, and her enthusiasm and passion is infectious. Her level of mastery is enviable, but she is more than willing to share her secrets, and does so in a way that is clear and meaningful. If you are considering taking lessons from her, don't hesitate another second.

  • Marie Jamieson

    Brenda works well with students of different levels within the same class. She gives useful critique while always being encouraging and positive. She is enthusiastic and promotes having fun while learning! she is also an amazing artist!! I love her demos!

  • Laura Forbes

    Regardless of student experience level, Brenda can guide artists to doing their best work. She is very personable, extremely professional and has a knack for explaining concepts I may have heard before but never understood.

  • Ann Ferguson

    Brenda's class was a great overview for a beginner like me. She covered a lot from the tools we use as pastelists to mounting and protecting your work. Brenda was always supportive and encouraging but gave good critical feedback to help my work improve. And what a dynamic teacher! Fun exercises. I learned a lot from her in-class demos. I will definitely take a class with her again

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I need to evaluate the skill level of the student to see where to start. It helps to know if the student has peviously taken art lessons or is a true beginner. It would be nice to see what they have previously produced as an example and how motivated they are. Examples could be sketches, drawings, or paintings.  I prefer a 3 hour lesson per week for a richer experience.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Art and Design from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. I am a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Laguna Plein Air Association, and the Northwest Pastel Society. I have taught painting at the Plein Air Convention & Expo 4 years.

I have been a Pastel painting instructor at Oregon Society of Artists since 2014

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$85 per 3 hr session

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching in 2004 after several requests from community artists. I created my own lesson plans and subject matter to enable a gradual ability of skill and technique.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught beginning to intermediate levels of artists. They come from a variety of backgrounds including business, accounting, ceramics, homemakers, carpenters, lawyers...many kinds of people with varied level of backgrounds.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Door County Plein Air Invitational and/or The Pastel society of America’s Annuual Members Show. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Do your research. Call art societies, look at portfolios online, and look at social media to get an idea of the personality, ability, and professionalism.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

How much work is the student willing to devote to themselves

Is the student willing to try new techniques?

How flexible is the student to new ideas?

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