Artist Brenda McDaniel of Monroe, LA is the featured artist for March at the Ouachita River Art Gallery on Trenton St. (Antique Alley) in West Monroe.
Brenda specializes in representational paintings of people, animals, places and objects, with side trips into fantasy and imagination.
This show is titled “Looking Up” and consists of large oil paintings of skyscapes. The artist says, “When the world crowds in on me and I grow weary of dealing with everyday problems, I go outside and look up. It puts everything in proportion and refreshes my view of life. Sometimes we are so focused on what is right in front of us we forget the big picture.”
A native of Mer Rouge, LA who traveled over much of the world complements of a military husband, Brenda gained knowledge that is reflected in her wide range of interest and subjects. Besides independent studies, private lessons and attending several universities around the country she considers herself primarily a self-taught artist. Before deciding to paint full time she was a commercial artist employed in the advertising field where she received numerous local and national awards. Brenda has commissions of homes, portraits of people and pets, landscapes and still lifes hanging in private and corporate collections in the U.S.A., Europe, and The United Kingdom.
Brenda helped organize and open the Ouachita River Art Gallery, which is now the oldest, and possibly largest, co-op art gallery in the state. The gallery is open to the public free of charge Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. A large and varied membership offers paintings in all media, jewelry, photos, woodworks and pottery. Purchases of original art are tax free.