My art focuses on botanical forms. Expressive gesture, re-iterated line and selective erasure translate my movement at the easel into those of the subjects; grass pushing up from earth, trees moving in wind, plants twisting and dancing. The deep black and velvety texture of a charcoal stick is pure joy to me, and capturing the image with its organic presence gives context. I use various dry media as well as watercolor and acrylic paint on canvas, paper, and panel. I am motivated by the collaborative process, and believe collaborative art builds community. Translating collective ideas into the language of a painting forms common ground and produces artwork that strengthens bonds. The artwork becomes a cairn for moments that make us who we are. My work invites viewers to see familiar forms differently, and interact with the simple details and color harmonies of Creation.
Pandemic-era isolation lead to paintings of deconstructed blooms. Petals, stems, pistols, and stamen separated, but related. Individual members of one body. Abstract metallic elements bring energy and flow, representing spiritual connectedness. We are one body, one created community, united through Christ in the love of our Creator. Glory be to God.
Brenda Gribbin’s award-winning designs are inspired by botanical forms. Her expressive paintings preserve story and celebrate life. Relationships are a prime driver, making her a diligent collaborator and commissioned artist. Her unique art workshops help participants encounter beauty on a personal level. Brenda graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Art & Performance from The University of Texas at Dallas. She currently serves on the Flower Mound, TX, Cultural Arts Commission in Place 6, and has created multiple public art projects for her community. Professional associations include Art House Dallas, Christians in Visual Arts, Flower Mound Women in Business, Golden Key International Honor Society, Texas Artists Coalition, and Visual Arts Society of Texas. She is a native Texan based in Dallas/Fort Worth.