Painting with Light
Brenda Belfield is an abstract painter whose work is varied in technique and content.
Often inspired by nature, her recent art depends on intuition, experimentation, spontaneity, and the desire to create mystery. This involves the use of non traditional tools and materials with acrylic paints. Her paintings have been exhibited in New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and now in Naples where she lives.
The use of color and interplay of light led to a long career designing windows and walls of stained glass including the design of 60 windows at the Washington National Cathedral and many commissions across the US and abroad.
My intuitive process involves experimentation, analysis, editiing, and revision with a combination of acrylic glass-like transparency and opaque paint not unlike the combination of glass and stone.. I may start with a color idea or an experience of nature but then my intuition directs my painting in a mysterious way. To face a blank canvas without a plan involves a challenging dialog with the paint in which I work to create visual excitement or quiet space. Consequently , my work may change often and result in a series of new paintings such as the grid compositions and collage which create surprising spontaneous elements within a structure.
COLORS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross -