New Year, New Trail
Under the Mangroves

NATURE INSPIRED ARTWORKS

by Brenda M Sylvia 

 I am energized by the dynamic beauty of nature. Being outside whenever possible is an important part of my artwork and my life. My paintings are about the connection I have to a specific place, whether it is here by the Chesapeake Bay or in my former home in the US Virgin Islands. My obsession with color was magnified by the nine years I spent living in the tropics.  Please take a look around and spend some time seeing the world through my eyes. 

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THE ART OF EXPLORATION.

I am passionate about the beauty of nature. It feeds my soul. The act of painting outside and experiencing nature firsthand is an integral part of my work and whenever possible I begin my paintings on location. Through painting en plein air, I strengthen my connection to a specific place. Through my paintings, I encourage people to feel their own connection to these places. In 2008, I left Virginia to live in the Virgin Islands for nine years. 

I returned to Virginia and for the last four years, in my home and studio in Reedville, I am again surrounded by inspiring landscapes. I paint scenes from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and the nearby rural farming communities, often combining subjects and enhancing the color to express my personal vision. I am always pushing to further discover my creative voice and loudly expressing it with paint.

Winter Walk
my life in yellow

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Because my art is so closely linked to nature, my subject matter of choice is landscape.  These days, most of my landscapes are painted with Acrylics.  I often use more than 40 different colors on my palette, even though I seldom apply any pure pigments.  I am an intuitive color mixer and I love expressive brushwork. My goal is to capture how I respond to my subject and share those feelings with the viewer.

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