Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Brennie Brackett

“Nick’ Cove” © Brennie Brackett
Name: Brennie Brackett, PSA
Bio:  Brennie Brackett has been practising painting in pastel for nearly 20 years, and her mastery of the medium shines through her work.
In 2002, Brackett was awarded the status of  Master Pastellist in the Pastel Society of America. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, of the Society of Western Artists, and the Marin Society of Artists. She has been the recipient of numerous awards in regional, national and international exhibitions. Brennie’s work has been featured in the Artist’s Magazine; Pure Color: The Best of Pastel (North Light Books); Les Maitres du Pastel -  Le Livre 2011, Diverti Publications and Pastel and Pencil Artists of the South Mendocino and North Sonoma Coasts. She was the cover artist in the Pastel Journal, December 2009, wherein she had a revealing conversation with Sarah Strickley.
Brennie's still life paintings tell stories that may be quirky or intriguing, but certainly full of interest and originality. Her stone series reads like a screenplay of the objects depicted. Her animal paintings are equally accomplished and formidable, if seemingly from the atelier of a completely different artist. It is no surprise that her 
paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.
Brennie Brackett lives in the hills above the Sonoma Plaza. Her gallery is tucked away in the maze of shops and galleries at 27 East Napa Street, and located in the historic J.G. Marcy Stable built in 1886.
Medium: Pastel; oil. Brennie generally uses Wallis dry-mounted to Gatorboard and her favourite pastel brands are Unison, Girault, and Diane Townsend. Her most treasured (artistic) possession is a three-tiered box of Meng Pastell-Farben made by Muller and Hennig in Dresden in 1874!
Subjects: Still life; animals.  Brennie states “Each painting narrates a unique story that evolves from my intuition and instincts. The relationships established between what may at first seem to be mundane or disparate objects are elevated to a more profound state by careful consideration to negative spaces, rhythm and position of the objects I have selected.”
Style: Representational.
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Gallery: Visions/revisions; Still Life; Animals; Stones.
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  1. I am a pastel artist. My mother left me her ancient pastels and I just recently opened them. I haven't seen them for 50 years. They are Meng Pastel-Farben, about 50 sticks in fair condition. You are are the only reference on a Google search about this brand. I am curious about your assessment of the quality.

    1. As you can see, these pastels are very old, part of art history. I have no idea of their quality but I would be very interested in hearing what you think of them.