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Brenda Grate Fine art

 Artist and Art Teacher 

Artist Statement

I paint because I feel the need to express my unique vision of the world around me. I am a self-taught artist, but give a lot of credit to the online courses and workshop teachers I have met along the way. Each one imparted something important that has informed my practice. Art is something I do, not only because I enjoy it, but because it is vital to my peace of mind. If I’m having a bad day, drawing can bring me around to feeling good and having a better outlook on life. I paint in watercolour, coloured pencil, and pastel. Each one has special qualities and I choose the medium based on the subject I want to portray. I love variety both in my work and in my life. Working in several different mediums keeps my work fresh and interesting.


Watercolour was my first love. I have moved on to include other media, but it will still remain one of my favourites to work with.

Click to see Watercolour works

Coloured Pencil

Coloured pencil is a time-consuming, but lovely medium and I really enjoy working with it. I’ve been featured in Colored Pencil Magazine, something I’m very proud of.

Click to see C.P. works


My newest and most exciting medium has been pastel. I use pan pastels and “paint” the pastel on to the surface with brush-like tools. I also teach this medium.

Click to see Pastel works