Brenda Raynard is an Edmonton artist and maker originally from Stettler, Alberta. Her small-town northern prairie roots are where her affinity for humble, homely items was born and it is this view of the world that informs her work as much as her formal education. From 1992-2004 she earned a BA in English & Anthropology, a BFA in Painting & Drawing, and a MLIS in Librarianship all from the University of Alberta and each degree is as key to her artistic practice as the next.
Brenda’s aesthetic and resulting artwork embraces the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi. Not one to celebrate the rose at its blushing peak, Brenda searches for the beauty in the detritus and decay of life and familiar, forgotten or overlooked objects. Working from an introvert’s perspective Brenda’s preferred palette is quiet, muted, and understated.