About Brenda Hofbauer
I love the way creating art encourages me to see-- the color of light, the shape of a shadow, where reflections have traveled. Then I get lost in the process by simplifying shapes and challenging myself to use a color that might not be the one I see but it's the one the artwork needs. By constantly looking for inspiration and experimenting with new techniques my work stays fresh.
The style of my paintings ranges from impressionistic to more abstract. In the studio I work mostly from photographs that I've taken on my travels. While landscapes comprise a good portion of my portfolio, I also enjoy painting portraits and figurative works.
A few years ago, I started experimenting with intricate paper collage. My first works used paper from magazines. I loved the effect, but I changed to painting my own papers so that the finished pieces are archival.
As a creative person, I always knew I wanted to try my hand at painting, but I didn't take the plunge until I became an empty-nester more than ten years ago. My creative history was originally in fiber arts. While I have taken several college art classes and painting workshops, I am predominantly self-taught.
Interacting with other creatives both inspires me and pushes me to be a better artist.
I am an active member of Black Swamp Art Guild based in Williams County, Ohio.
Recently, I joined the Athena Art Society in Toledo, Ohio. It's an honor to be a member of one of the oldest women's art groups in the United States. I also joined the Toledo Federation of Art Societies (TFAS) in 2020.
Most awards I've earned are from the annual Black Swamp Art Guild's Fall Art Show. In 2021, the collage Sand & Surf won the People's Choice Award and Time for Paris received the 1st place ribbon in the Still Life and Interiors category. My painting California Dreamin' won the People's Choice award at the 2019 BSAG Annual Fall Show. Likewise, Rain on Navy Pier won the People's Choice award in 2016. Dreams of Dancing and In the Mist of the Fountain both won first place in their categories in 2018. I received my first monetary award for Misty Oregon Morning at the Wassenberg Art Center's Annual June Art Exhibit 2019. In 2020 I was honored to have artwork accepted into 3 juried shows: Shadows in the TFAS 100+3 Juried Members Exhibit, China Bowl and The Sky's the Limit in the 2020 Athena Juried Members Exhibit, and China Bowl in the Wassenberg Art Center's Annual June Exhibit. Also, Coastal Morning won the Van Wert County Foundation Award in the Wassenberg's 31st Annual Artists' Exhibit and Sale (2020).
My art journey has enriched my life. I work hard at producing the very best artwork I possibly can. I can't wait to see where it will lead me next.