BRENDA BEARDSLEY Biography
Brenda Beardsley was born in Bristol, England in 1947. Since her early teens she has been interested and involved with art and crafts, be it textiles to watercolour painting. Some years ago she discovered pastels and attended an introductory course where she found the medium very interesting and went on to complete quite a few pictures, finding great enjoyment in depicting water. Being well travelled, Brenda often gets inspiration for her pastel paintings from photographs that she has taken during trips to foreign destinations.
In 2004, she enrolled in a 2-year Art Foundation course, where she studied various subjects such as Black & White Photography, Art History and Life Drawing. During this time at college her interest in textiles was re-awakened. Brenda likes the tactile feel of materials and is often inspired by the way the material falls or the relationships that are created when different textures are combined. Each textile piece is an original that has been hand stitched using various materials, and can be either representational or abstract. After completing the course she decided to work towards an exhibition of her own, this was achieved in March 2008. The exhibition was entitled “Art In Contrast” and showed a selection of watercolours, pastels and of course textile pieces by Brenda, and also some works by her daughter, Emma Beardsley.
Brenda also completed a level 1 degree course with the Open College of Arts in Art History to further satisfy her interest in the subject.