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Artist Brenda Behr


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Biography


Career highlights:
• M.F.A., Syracuse University; B.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
• Member, Oil Painters of America; American Impressionist Society; Portrait Society of America; Signature Member, Watercolor Society of North Carolina
• Recipient of numerous awards for both her oils and watercolors
• 2015 North Carolina State Fair, 1st Place Professional Painting
• 2015 Commemorative Poster Artist, North Carolina Seafood Festival
• Several commissions by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Solo exhibition at the Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC, inclusion in show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
• Featured artist in Our State magazine and in the books, Painting North Carolina: Impressions en plein air, Painting North Carolina: A Visual Journey, and Strokes of Genius 4: The Best of Drawing
• Regional Artist Project Grant Recipient

Brenda Behr’s representational paintings combine her eye for detail with a heart that captures the essence of her subject. She prefers painting from life or on location, but is equally comfortable painting from photos. “I am not one to make photographic images of my subjects; I want to breathe life into them with my paint, whether they be people, landscapes or landmarks,” she explains.
Brenda is one of those blessed individuals who has found a way to build a life around the things she loves most — painting and travel. Her website, BrendaBehr.com, shows work she’s done on location in places as far west as California, as far east as Paris. It’s no wonder Brenda likes to travel. Born in Charles City, Iowa, she was only three when the United States Air Force shipped her family off to England. At the age of nine, she received private oil lessons at the base hobby shop in the Philippine Islands. When her dad retired from the military in the early 1970’a, her parents dropped sail in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Painting is Brenda’s second [...]

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