Featured NW Artist: Brenda Calvert

Featured NW Artist: Brenda Calvert

Pretty as a Picture

You would be hard-pressed to look at Brenda Calvert's artwork and not instantly smile. Her uplifting color palettes and ability to bring out beauty in everyday objects is a heartening combination.

The Lynden artist's style is realism, which results in photograph-like paintings. When she started out, Brenda took her own photos. Today, she works from her client's precious pictures which she brings to life on the canvas. "I love to create pieces of art for my clients from their special memories," she explains.

Brenda's medium of choice is acrylics because they allow her to blend colors and have a quick drying time. She uses them to paint her favorite subjects: landscapes, flower bouquets and birds, especially sparrows. Brenda teaches art classes for all age ranges from kids to adults. She loves being an example of a working artist to her students, being able to answer their questions and guide them on their journey.

She recently completed a Barn Series, and didn't have to look far for a muse. "I'm inspired by the land in Whatcom County. It's so beautiful here!" While some of the barns are from her hometown, she also created the hashtag: #BrendaShouldPaintThis on Instagram. Followers submitted their barn photos and Brenda picked one to paint each month. The lucky winner received a copy of it. The final collection includes quaint barns from all over the United States.

To view Brenda Calvert's art, commission a custom work, or learn more about her art classes for kids, please visit brendacalvertart.com.