"Blog post for Beauty Required
Psalm 27:4 (New American Standard Bible)One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate…"
My Loves are the things that call me to paint. I want to share the delight I find in these Loves through my paintings.
My first Love, and the one to Whom I owe my everything, is Jesus Christ. He loves me although He knows every failing and weakness, and He gives me the guts to press on. He is my absolute foundation and He fills me with delight!
Love number two is my husband, Bruce. He is my encourager, my art-enabler, and my best friend!
Next Love would be my adult kids, Jake and Brittany. Jake is my kindred soul as an artist (he is a musician) and Brittany fills my days with sparkle and reminds this introvert that “people-ing is good”.
I love chocolate and good coffee.
I love most kinds of music.
I love the ocean. Or any big water.
I love the woods, outdoor walks, sunrises and clouds.
Somewhere down the line comes my love of art, itself. I love that I get to spend days doing art! I love looking at and studying art. I can be kept awake at night by a beautiful painting! I love learning new principles, concepts, techniques, and so on. I have a studio full of tools and paints and I love to experiment and watch what happens when I try… anything!
Brenda Stichter was trained in Commercial Art at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, but has been “painting seriously” for the last several years since she and her husband became empty-nesters. She considers herself an emerging artist, with success in local and regional venues and modest sales. She has begun teaching painting workshops, giving lecture style presentations, and judging for local art events.
Her acrylic paintings are mostly abstracts or abstracted landscapes. She portrays her response to beauty, culture, and Scripture passages or principles in her work. Occasionally, she will also paint representational or experimental work.
She has participated in local, state, and national exhibitions and contests, and is currently teaching, studying, and painting regularly in the pursuit of excellence in her work. She works in a studio in her home near Warsaw, IN.
She is a member of the Lakeland Art Association, Warsaw, IN; the Fort Wayne Artists Guild, Ft. Wayne, IN; and a 2016 Hoosier Woman Artist.
Accomplishments / CV
2016 Hoosier Woman Artist
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2017 My Favorite Things, The Gallery, Warsaw, IN
2016, 2015 The Gallery, Warsaw, IN
2016 Oakwood Resort, Syracuse, IN
2016 Warsaw City Hall Art Gallery, Warsaw, IN
2015 Central Square Gallery, Glenwood, MN
2015 Canal Street Gallery, Winona Lake, IN
2014, 2013, 2012 Warsaw Community Public Library, Warsaw, IN
Selected Group Exhibitions: (* award received in this exhibit)
2018 *92 County Art Show, Clark Gallery, Honeywell Center, Wabash, IN
2017 The Five Group Exhibit, The Gallery, Warsaw, IN
2017 GOD in the Abstract, joint exhibit with Andy Corp, poured acrylic artist, Lakeland Art Center, Warsaw, IN
2017 SALI National Abstract Art Exhibition XIII, Indianapolis, IN
2017 *Ventures in Creativity, Fort Wayne, IN
2017 *Think Spring, Lakeland Art Association Spring Juried Exhibit, Warsaw, IN
2017 Clay and Canvas, joint exhibit with Elizabeth Wamsley, potter, Performing Arts Center, Warsaw, IN
2017 Artist Forum Group Exhibit, The Gallery, Warsaw, IN
2016 2016 Hoosier Women Artists, the Statehouse, Indianapolis, IN
2016 SALI National Abstract Art Exhibition XII, Indianapolis, IN
2016 *Fort Wayne Artists Guild 39th Annual Ventures in Creativity Exhibition, Ft. Wayne, IN
2015 *Juried show, Lakeland Art Association Gallery, Pierceton, IN
2014 Clark Gallery, Wabash, IN
Teaching and Related Experience
2017, 2016, 2015 Painting workshops taught in art centers and home studio
2016 Short lecture presentation, What Makes a Good Abstract Painting, The Gallery, Warsaw, IN
2016 Judge for Student Art Competition, The Gallery, Warsaw, IN
2016 Presentation, Principles of Abstraction, Artist Forum, Warsaw, IN
2015 Guest Artist, An Evening on Broadway, Ft. Wayne, IN