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Brenda Swenson is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Finalist, Award of Excellence) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her artwork has been featured in Splash (11,12, 14,19 & 20), An Illustrated Journey, Creative Freedom, Complete Guide to Watercolor, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine and numerous other publications. She has two instructional DVD’s on painting and sketching techniques. Brenda has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS. An active participant in the arts community she has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. She is in demand to judge shows, demonstrate and teach workshops to groups nationwide and abroad.


Splash 20:Creative Compositions, 2019, North Light Books, Contributor
Splash 19:Illusion of Light, 2018, North Light Books, Contributor
Complete Guide to Watercolour, 2016, Quarto Publishing, Contributor
Painting in Watercolor, The Indispensable Guide, 2016, Firefly, Contributor
Incite 2, 2014, North Light Books, Contributor
Creative Freedom, 2013, North Light Books, Contributor
An Illustrated Journey, 2013, Contributor
Splash 14: Light and Color, 2013, North Light Books, Contributor
Splash 12: Celebrating Artistic Vision, 2011, North Light Books, Contributor
Splash 11: New Directions, 2010, North Light Books, Contributor
Artistic Touch 4, 2010, Contributor
Step to Success in Watercolor, Artist & Author, Walter Foster Publication, 2007
80 Watercolor Painting References, Walter Foster Publication, 2006, Contributor
Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook, Artist & Author, Walter Foster Publication, 2005, Award of Excellence Finalist 2006


Watercolor Artist Magazine, “Use Your Words” Feature, July/August 2018
Watercolor Artist Magazine, "The World is Your Studio, June 2015
Plein Air Magazine, "Illustrating Journeys with Watercolor", Dec/Jan 2012
Watercolor Artist Magazine, "Positive/Negative" Creativity Workshop column, 10-2011
Watercolor Artist Magazine,"Little Pieces of Color", 6-2011
Watercolor Highlights, 2006
Wheels of Time Magazine, Summer 2005
Quarterly Magazine, Summer Issue 2005-Weekly Treasure Hunt on Gold Line
Daniel Smith Art Supplies, 2005 Spring Catalog- Ink Smith article, 3 page demonstration
Watercolor Magazine, Summer Issue 2004-"Painting Along a Commuter Line"
Art Supply Warehouse, Cover Award 4/2003
Pasadena Star News, 3/2002 Article on paintings & volunteer work at Five Acres
Watercolor Magazine, Spring Issue 2000-"A Driving Devotion"
Classic Trucks Magazine, 3/2000
Classic Trucks Magazine, 7/1999
Classic Trucks Magazine, 5/1999


Negative Painting with Watercolor, Artist Palette productions, 2014
Sketching Techniques with Watercolor, Artist Palette productions, 2012


Provident Bank
Providence Saint Joseph Foundation


SDWS (San Diego Watercolor Society)
NWWS (North West Watercolor Society)
WW (Watercolor West)


National Watercolor Society (NWS) Board of Directors
Watercolor West (WW) Board of Directors
Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS)
San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS)


Pasadena Collection, Calendar 2008
Tournament of Roses, Float Illustration 2006 (for 2007 Rose Parade)
Herman Dodge & Son, Truck Designs on Mugs (4) 1999
Herman Dodge & Son, Floral Designs on Cups (4) 1998
Pacific Design Consultants, Nordigue Tours, Illustration 1997
Rain Bird Corporation, Package Design 94
Painted Hearts & Friends, Greeting Cards & Stationary 1993-96


Scottsdale Artists’ School, AZ
Plein Air Workshops: Italy
Plein Air Workshops: France
Mountain Artists Guild-Prescott, AZ
Cheap Joe's Art Stuff - Boone, NC
VIVA (Valley Institute of Visual Arts), Sherman Oaks, CA
Methods & Materials EXPO, Pasadena, CA
Utah Watercolor Society, Salt Lake City, UT
Fine Artist's Factory-Pasadena, CA
Brand Art Center-Glendale, CA
Creative Arts Group - Sierra Madre, CA
Schroeder Studio & Gallery, Orange, CA
Dillman's Creative Arts Foundation, Lac du Flambeau, WI
Palos Verde Arts Center, Palos Verdes, CA


Plein Air Costa Rica, 2018
Valley Watercolor Society, Encino, CA 2017
Art Classic XXI, Santa Clarita
Associated Artists of the Inland Empire, Rancho Cucamonga
Utah Watercolor Society
Traditional Artist Guild, Paramount
La Habra Art Association, La Habra
Creative Arts Association, Burbank