Brenda Boylan


Artist Bio

Growing up on the California coast, Brenda Boylan began her artistic career as a graphic designer in Oregon creating for high profile sportswear clients such as NIKE, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, and Avia.  

Ten years later and desiring a life with more flexibility, she carried her creative sense of balance and design over to a fine art career painting with pastel and oil.  She quickly earned the distinction of Signature Memberships with the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and the Northwest Pastel Society (NPS) and Associate Memberships with the American Impressionist Society and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

Brenda is best known for her plein air work and is an enthusiastic teacher of the pastel medium. She enjoys competing in plein air events nationally and locally, choosing the urban and natural landscape as her subjects.

Her work has been displayed at The National Arts Club in New York City, the Butler Institute of American Art Museum in Youngstown, OH; The Oregon Historical Museum, OR; The Portland Art Museum, OR; and the Favell Museum in Klamath Falls, OR.

Recently, Brenda’s work has received national attention in The Pastel Journal (Front cover, Dec 2014), Southwest Artist Magazine Aug 2013, Plein Air Magazine April 2012, The Best of America Pastel Series II and was a Featured Artist at the 2nd and 3rd Annual Plein Air Conventions in Monterey, CA.

Boylan currently resides in Portland, Oregon.  For more information on Brenda Boylan and her work, visit