Bren's work has its roots in Abstract Expressionism, automatic and spontaneous non-objectivity combined with mystical interpretations of color and line. Each painting is an energetic assertion of her personality, individuality and identity. Her fascination with texture, and the chance effects of manipulating paint and the painting surface in ways other than by the brush make each work a brilliant, intensive exploration.

Bren's versatility in painting is evident in her work. Many pieces offer bold strokes of primary colors of unparalleled richness, in jarring contrasts and conflicts, densely and dashingly painted with spontaneity, leaving each stroke or splash unmodified. In these works the painted surface is just that -- a reflection of Bren's intense experience of paint and color...the process of painting becomes automatic and direct. Colors seem to explode, limited only by the boundaries with the painting, Self portrait of the artistspontaneous and unconstrained, appearing to have absorbed the artist into its swirl and to have painted itself.

Though this type of painting, often referred to as "action painting," may seem formless at first we need only reflect upon the vast new vocabulary of forms that the surface of the earth itself yields to modern eyes and imagination. As in the world around us, the complex weaving of endless and intricate relationships of living forms are given a visual presence in Bren's work.

Bren's work reflects her striving for an unplanned immediacy and directness, resulting in an effect of spontaneous freshness of statement. As Jackson Pollack said, "...it doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement." A perfect description of Bren's work.

Professional Achievements

  • “Earth’s Energies” (above) published in “Exploring Color” by Nita Leland Revised Edition
  • “In Remembrance of Me” (limited edition print) published in England (magazine and calendar)

Professional Associations

  • The Ohio Watercolor Society
  • Cincinnati Art Club
  • Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Inc., NY
  • The Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati
  • Watercolor Society of North Carolina
  • Wake Visual Arts Association, Raleigh, NC
  • The Wilmington Art Association, NC.

Bren earned a Commercial Art/Interior Design degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and studied at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. Her work has received awards at the Viewpoint '96-Cincinnati Art club; North Carolina Azalea Festival Shows 1994, 1996; Watercolor Society of North Carolina and the Franklin Square Gallery, Associated Artists of Southport, NC. Her art is held in corporate and private collections throughout the United States and in Canada and Scotland.

Bren’s “Eternal Light” mixed water media was published in an art theory book (Exploring Color - rev. Ed) in 2004. “In Remembrance of Me”, Mixed Water Media, was published in England, 2000. Her works have been displayed in the art accents fine art gallery in Wilmington, NC , gallery 22 and Longworth Design Center in Cincinnati, OH., and Sweet Art Of Mine and Quiett Concepts Art Studio, West Chester, OH. Awards were received at the viewpoint ‘96-Cincinnati Art Club; North Carolina Azalea Festival shows ’94 -’96; Watercolor Society of North Carolina and the Franklin Square Gallery, Assoc. Artists of Southport, NC.

Corporate collectors include General Motors, Inland Division, Indianapolis, IN; GE Aviation and Hormel Corp, Cincinnati, OH; Mead Corp. Dayton, Oh; Crestview Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, Oh and St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Nc. Private collectors hail from the Midwest, Florida, Hawaii , New York, Canada, England and Scotland.

Bren’s professional memberships include the Ohio Watercolor Society; Cincinnati Art Club - active exhibiting member; Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, inc., Ny; The Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati; Watercolor Society of North Carolina; Wake Visual Arts Assn., Raleigh, Nc and exhibiting member in the Wilmington Art Association, Wilmington, Nc.

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NEWS & EVENTS

The artist has ventured into  photography ( See some great photos posted in the Print and Photo Gallery) and most recently into Digital Watercolors (See newest work in this catagory in the Original Gallery).   Would you like more indepth information on the artist? Read this article in the newsletter of songsfromthevalley.com for the complete story.   Showing held on Friday March 18, 2011 at Malton Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, was a great success.  
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