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Brenda Matsen Fine Art

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Featured in COLOR Magazine

My “Pacific Tree Frog” is featured in the May 2022 issue of  Ann Kullberg’s COLOR Magazine!   I am honoured to have my artwork included alongside the work of amazing international artists in this well put together  American publication of the work of coloured pencil artists from all over the world!  






Coloured Pencil

“Pacific Tree Frog” 

Coloured Pencil 

Own Reference Photo

CP Treasures 8 - Artwork chosen for book series!


PAC 9th Annual Members' Exhibition

I am thrilled to announce that one of my coloured pencil pieces was selected for inclusion in  Ann Kullberg’s “CP Treasures 8”!   

   

“The CP Treasures book series is like a time capsule of what's happening in the world of coloured pencils right now! 112 out of 800 entries were selected for inclusion in the eighth volume of this highly esteemed and well-loved series that has chronicled the growth, diversity and beauty of coloured pencil art since 2012. Originally introduced to pick up where the "The Best of Colored Pencil" books left off, the Treasures series is now beloved by the coloured pencil community as a place to be seen, celebrated and counted among the best.”

   

Congratulations to all the artists from around the globe who were  selected to have their artwork included. Thank you to Ann Kullberg and her team for including my artwork in this publication. 

  

Print copies available on Ann Kullberg’s website and Amazon. 

Pastel Artists.ca 9th Annual Members’ Only Exhibition


I am very happy to have received an email from Pastel Artists.Ca (PAC)  informing me that both  pastel pieces I entered into the  PAC “9th Annual Members’ Only Online Juried Exhibition” were accepted!! 

  

Thank you to our jurors Patricia Lindley MPAC, Michael Chesley Johnson MPAC and Ruth Rodgers MPAC. I am honoured to have two of my pieces  included in with the 96 selected from 204 submissions. 

   

Congratulations to all who entered and those accepted! Award recipients will be notified by November 30th, 2021.  

  

View the exhibition at Pastel Artists.ca

“On Guard” 

Pastel 

Own Reference Photo

PAC 9th Annual Members' Exhibition
COLORED PENCIL Magazine 11th Annual Show Honorable Mention

“Ain’t Nobody Here…” 

Pastel 

Own Reference Photo

Pastel Artists.ca 9th Annual Members’ Only Exhibition


I am very happy to have received an email from Pastel Artists.Ca (PAC)  informing me that both  pastel pieces I entered into the  PAC “9th Annual Members’ Only Online Juried Exhibition” were accepted!! 

  

Thank you to our jurors Patricia Lindley MPAC, Michael Chesley Johnson MPAC and Ruth Rodgers MPAC. I am honoured to have two of my pieces  included in with the 96 selected from 204 submissions. 

   

Congratulations to all who entered and those accepted! Award recipients will be notified by November 30th, 2021.  

  

View the exhibition at Pastel Artists.ca

HONORABLE MENTION

“Change is in the Air” 

Coloured Pencil  

Own Ref Photo

Coloured Pencil
COLORED PENCIL Magazine 11th Annual Show Honorable Mention

Juried into FCA Active Membership Status


I took the leap and submitted my artwork and application to the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA).  I am happy to share that I was successfully juried into Active Membership Status!   

In my application I submitted coloured pencil, pastel and acrylic pieces. Consistency in style of work is more important than diversity in medium so I am extra pleased to have been juried in using 3 mediums. 

FCA is the largest non-profit visual arts organization in Canada.  I am honoured to become an Active Member!

 Strokes of Genius 13  - One of 10 Honorable Mentions

This was an amazing email to receive: 

Congratulations! Your artwork, Change is in the Air, has been selected as an HONORABLE MENTION winner by awards juror Cuong Nguyen in the Strokes of Genius 13 competition! Your winning artwork will be published in a special edition magazine, The Best of Drawing, from the editors of Artists Magazine.” 

   

It is an incredible honour to be one of 112 Finalists along with so many amazing artists and their incredible drawings in a competition that receives several thousand entries each year in all drawing media and subject matter.  

   

To have “Change is in the Air” selected as one of 10 Honorable Mentions was beyond exciting!! Included is a one year subscription to Artists Network which I am thoroughly enjoying. This was my first time entering this competition.

   

Congratulations to all the Winners, Honorable Mentions and Finalists! Thank you to the judges, organizers and sponsors for all their hard work. 

  

The Artists Magazine Best of Drawing 2021 special publication is published  November 2021.  


Coloured Pencil
Coloured Pencil

“Change is in the Air” 

Coloured Pencil  

Own Reference Photo

Coloured Pencil

Artistic Excellence 2021 Finalist


Change is in the Air” was as one of 100 finalists in the 11th annual Southwest Art Artistic Excellence Competition. This competitions is open to artists from around the world with no restrictions on medium, style or subject matter. Last year there were almost 1500 entries.  Congratulations to the top 3 winners who will be featured in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Southwest Art ‘The Collector’s Choice for over 40 years’ Magazine along with the names of all 100 finalists. It is an honour to be included with the finalists. Thank you to the judges who selected my self portrait as a finalist and to all who made this competition possible.

CPSA District Chapter 207 Expressions On-Line Show


Change is in the Air” placed 2nd in the Main* Gallery member’s show. Thank you to our judge Denise Howard and the CPSA-DC207 Seattle WA Chapter Exhibition Team. 

The online show runs from November 1, 2021 to January 2, 2022. To see the show click here!

     

Coloured Pencil

“Reflections” 

Coloured Pencil 

Own Reference Photo

Accepted into CPSA International


My self portrait “Reflections” was accepted into the 29th Annual Colored Pencil Society of America’s (CPSA) International Exhibition!   Great news to receive on any day and  extra fun to receive on Canada Day! I am honoured to be one of 4 Canadians to have their artwork juried into this international exhibition and to be included with so many esteemed artists. 


Thank you to CPSA’s juror Julie Aronson for choosing “Reflections” as one of the 120 works accepted out of the 632 eligible international entries. 

Thank you to everyone at CPSA who made this event possible. Congratulations to all who had work accepted and to the winners!  

 

Click HERE to for the link to the CPSA website. 


Guest Artist & Tutorial


Exciting news!! I am  the Featured Artist for the September issue of CP Magic! magazine!

 

I am honoured to have been asked to be a featured artist. Thank you Carrie L Lewis for inviting me. 

 

For the September issue I created a “Pacific Tree Frog” tutorial. The reference picture is my own. I captured this little guy with my camera last year sunning himself on our zucchini plant. I find these little frogs so interesting. 

 

For a digital copy click here. 

Coloured Pencil

Honorable Mention Professional Category

 “Change is in the Air” received an 

Honorable Mention in Ann Kullberg’s 

22nd Annual Member Show in the

 Professional category.

 

Thank you to our judge, Bonnie Sheckter. 

What a tough job it must have been

 to work through so many amazing entries. 

Congratulations to Best in Show, the Winners, 

other Honorable Mentions and  all who entered.

 It’s a really beautiful show. Thank you  

Ann Kullberg and organizers.  

 

Check out the 2021 show on Ann Kullberg’s website





Honorable Mention Prof Category
Coloured Pencil

Spotlight Artist 


Such a treat to see my “Iris germanica” on the cover of the 2021 Spring/Summer edition of DC108 Memphis “Hues” chapter news magazine. 

   

Thank you CPSA 108 Memphis for the warm welcome and the invite to be the Spotlight Artist for this issue.  

CPSA Explore This! 17 - Accepted

 

"Iris germanica" was one of 61 out of 362 entries juried into the CPSA (Colored Pencil Society of America)  "Explore This! 17 Online Exhibition" for 2020!

  

Thank you to our juror, Matt Distel, Exhibitions Director, The Carnegie, Covington, Kentucky, for this recognition  and to CPSA and the volunteers for this opportunity. 

 

Congratulations to all the winners and artists selected!  

 

This exhibition is for work that is predominantly coloured pencil with the addition of some other medium or element not allowed by the CPSA International Exhibition (which is limited to only coloured pencil). 

 

To see the show and the winners click HERE





Coloured Pencil & Ink

“Iris germanica” 

Coloured Pencil & Ink

Own Reference Photo

Featured in COLOR Magazine

Staying Warm” was featured in the April 2021 issue of  Ann Kullberg’s COLOR Magazine!   It is an honour to be asked to have my art included alongside the work of so many amazing international artists in this well put together  American publication of the work of coloured pencil artists from all over the world!  






Coloured Pencil

“Staying Warm” 

Coloured Pencil 

Own Reference Photo

International Recognition in Self Portrait Challenge

Change is in the Air” received 2nd place in Cult Pen’s Self Portrait Challenge.  Thank you Cult Pens in the UK and their sponsor Derwent for the wonderful wooden box set of 72 Coloursoft pencils!


Colored Pencil Magazine Selfie Challenge - Honorable Mention

“Change is in the Air” was awarded Honorable Mention in Colored Pencil Magazine’s Selfie Challenge in the Advanced Category. 

Thank you Coloured Pencil Magazine for the recognition!  





Derwent Procolour Wooden Box Set
Pastel
Pastel

My sweet boy “Ozzy” Promotes Art Competitions

Ozzy” made a debut in Pastel Journal Summer 2021 edition to help promote  ArtistNetwork’s Artistic Excellence Annual Art Competition!  

  

 

“Ozzy” also showed up in my inbox, promoting Dakota Pastel’s competition! Neat to see my pastel portrait of Ozzy in their ad!






*My pastel portrait of our 11 year old Weimaraner “Ozzy” was 1 of 100 finalists in the Artistic Excellence 2020 Competition.  (see news below)




Artistic Excellence 2020 Finalist


Ozzy” was one of 100 finalists in the Artists Network 2020 Artistic Excellence Competition”   

 

The 10th annual international competition was open to artists anywhere in the world working in traditional media with no restrictions on medium style or subject matter. The competition received about 1500 entries from both emerging and established talents.  This was my first competition open to such diverse media. 


The top 3 winners’ work along with the list of 100 finalists was featured in Southwest Art - The Collector’s Choice for over 40 years Dec 2020/ Jan 2021 issue. Congratulations to the winners and other finalists.  Thank you Thank you to the juror of the Animal/ Wildlife category, wildlife artist Greg Beecham and to Artists Network, the many jurors and volunteers. 





Pastel

“Ozzy” 

Pastel  

Own Reference Photo

Pastel

“Ozzy” and “Georgi Girl”  

Pastel

Own Reference Photos

Pastel Artists.CA Exhibition - Accepted!


Pastel is a very new medium for  me. I love the richness of the colours. Half a year after completing my first pastel piece, I took a leap and entered my first pastel exhibition.  I was thrilled to have two of my pastel pieces juried into  the Pastel Artists.CA 29th Annual Purely Pastel Exhibition for 2019!


Thank you to juror Jessica Masters PAC, MPAC for choosing "Ozzy" and "Georgi Girl" to be a part of the exhibition. 


Congratulations to all award recipients and those accepted into the exhibition. 


Thank you to Jessica for judging and to all those who worked to made this event possible. 


Click HERE for the link to the Purely Pastel Exhibition. 

CPSA International Exhibition - Accepted!


I am honoured to have “Staying Warm” juried into the 28th Annual Colored Pencil Society of America’s International Exhibition for 2019! This has been extra special as it is the first ever art exhibition I have entered. It was exciting news!


Thank you to CPSA’s juror Chris Valle for choosing “Staying Warm” as one of 125 works accepted out of almost 800 eligible international entries.  I am proud to have my work included among so many amazing artists and to be one of three Canadians representing Canada. 


Thank you to everyone at CPSA who made this event possible. Congratulations to all the artists who had work accepted.  


A BIG Thank You to my husband. My biggest supporter. Always encouraging me, helping me challenge myself to learn and grow and for letting me use him as my subject for this piece. 


Click HERE to for the link to the CPSA website. 


“Staying Warm” 

Coloured Pencil 

Own Reference Photo

Staying Warm - Coloured Pencil

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Publications:

Kullberg, A. (2022, May).  “Pacific Tree Frog”. Showcase Colored Pencil Art Gallery. Ann Kullberg’s COLOR Magazine (p.2 and 26).

https://annkullberg.com/collections/color-magazine-all-issues


Kullberg, A.  (2022).  “Change is in the Air”. In Ann Kullberg (Ed.),  CP Treasures Colored Pencils Masterworks From Around the Globe (p. 15). Ann Kullberg. 


Roberston, S. (2021, Dec).  “Change is in the Air” Honorable Mention  - 11th Annual Art Competition. In Sally RoberstonCOLORED PENCIL Magazine (p.11). Platte Productions LLC.  https://coloredpencilmag.com


Artist Magazine & American Artist (2021, Nov). “Change is in the Air” Honorable Mention. The Best of Drawing:  Special Issue: Strokes of Genius 13 Competition Winners by Artists Magazine!  

https://www.artistsnetwork.com/store/digital-magazines/special-issues/the-best-of-drawing-strokes-of-genius-13-competition-winners-digital-edition/


Kulberg, A. (2021, Sept).  “Change is in the Air” Honorable Mention Professional Category - 22nd Annual Member Show. Ann Kullberg’s Color Magazine 261 (p.18). https://annkullberg.com/pages/2021-member-show-winners


Lewis, C. (2021, Sept). “Pacific Tree Frog” Intermediate Tutorial & Featured Artist.  In Carrie Lewis (Ed.), CPMagic! No.21. (cover & pp. 3-29).  Carrie Lewis. https://coloredpenciltutorials.com/product/september-2021-cp-magic-magazine/


CPSA (2021, July). “Reflections”.  [Accepted into] 29th Annual International Exhibition - 2021. Colored Pencil Society of America  

https://cpsa.org/exhibitions/cpsa-international-awards/29th-annual-cpsa-international-exhibition-2021/


CPSA DC 108 / Memphis TN (2021, Sept). Artist Spotlight. HuesMagazine. Colored Pencil Society of America District Chapter 108 / Memphis TN. (Spring/Summer) cover & (pp.6-11). https://cpsa108memphis.org/articles/


Kullberg, A. (2021, Sept).  “Staying Warm”. Showcase Colored Pencil Art Gallery. Ann Kullberg’s COLOR Magazine 256, (p.20). Ann Kullberg.

https://annkullberg.com/collections/color-magazine-all-issues


Colored Pencil Society of America (2021, Nov). “Iris germanica”. [Accepted into]  Explore This! 17 Selected Artwork.  To The Point 31(1 )p.51)    https://cpsa.org/exhibitions/et-awards/explore-this-17-online-exhibition/


Colored Pencil Society of America (2020, Nov). “Staying Warm”. [Accepted into] International Exhibition 2020 Juror’s Selection.  To The Point 29(3)  p.58. https://cpsa.org/exhibitions/cpsa-international-awards/28th-annual-cpsa-international-exhibition-2020/


Pastel Artist.ca (2020) “Georgi Girl”. [Accepted into] Purely Pastel  29th Annual Open Juried Online Exhibition. Pastel Artists Canada. 

https://www.pastelartists.ca/2020-06-juried-show/


Pastel Artist.ca (2020) “Ozzy”. [Accepted into] Purely Pastel  29th Annual Open Juried Online Exhibition. Pastel Artists Canada. 

https://www.pastelartists.ca/2020-06-juried-show/





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