Brenda Bell, Artist & Teacher
I got my first art supplies for Christmas when I was 9 years old. They were oil paints and I did a portrait of Ann-Margaret.
I only took art as an elective in intermediate school and I had one art class in high school.
The painting bug got me in 1985 when I was a stockbroker cold calling for clients and got Lindy Daly on the phone. She was painting in her studio and said I was welcome to come talk with her in person. That very weekend I began taking lessons from her. I also took from Dick Turner in Houston in the late 1980's, early 90's. When I moved to Florida in 1993 I discovered Painting on Porcelain and studied with Lolita Smith for several years.
I always enjoyed attending the outdoor art festivals, and met my Acrylic teacher at the Bayou City Festival in 2000. He had escaped Communist China and was living and teaching in the Bellaire and Beltway 8 area. I would drive about 80 miles round trip on Sundays to learn from Zuo Juhn. He was an amazing artist, but did not speak English , so I would have the 5 and 6 yr. old students ask questions and translate the answers to me. I was photographed and written about in the local Chinese newspaper. Of course, I have no clue what it says!
I enjoy teaching acrylics, and they are my favorite painting medium. They are so versatile and anything you paint can be enhanced with color washes, or blotted out with solid paint if you need to correct something. I operate under the more the merrier color palette. I love to put colors on the canvas and start crossing one into the other and see what happens. It is a great way to be creative and get interesting results. If my students are mixing colors on the palette they know I will tell them, paint the canvas, not your palette. That is where the magic happens!
Brenda's artwork will be on display in the gallery through the month of January and tours are available on request.