Artist Spotlight: Brenda Bird
Get to know LDS artist Brenda Bird. In the world of LDS art, Brenda’s vibrant colors and minimalist style make her work stand out among the rest. Her fresh style will brighten your space. But how much do you know about this emerging artist? We asked Brenda a few questions so we can all get to know this talented artist a little better.
Where did you grow up and what is a favorite childhood memory you have?
I was born in Peru but moved to Connecticut when I was 5. My favorite childhood memories are when my mom let me join her in Young Women activities (she was the YW President and I was probably 8). She taught the other young women fun arts and crafts. I thought I was so cool hanging out with the older girls and of course I loved sharing a common interest with my mom.
When did your love of art begin?
As long as I remember I've always loved to make things- painting, coloring, drawing, crafting, sewing, knitting, etc. I think it flourished the most when I was at a low point in my life and I needed something to bring me out of it. That is when I started appreciating it the most. The alchemy of putting pen to paper and letting free my emotions and thoughts out became an amazing outlet for me.
What or who are your biggest inspirations?
Honestly anything and everything around me serves as inspiration. Whatever my kids or parents ask me to create is a catalyst for my work. I recently visited my grandparents' home and I saw the work and devotion my grandfather (who has whatever is beyond a green thumb) has for his garden. I took pictures of all the plants and flowers he has around his house and plan to make a collection of patterns and illustrations honoring that.
How has your style evolved?
Please don't look back on my work 5 years ago! I started with graphic design and then found my passion in illustration and surface design. I think my style follows whatever stage of life I am in. As my kids get older they inspire me to create art for their stage of life and their interests. Because I like to keep things simple, I try to add tiny details and subtle texture to my work when before it was too simple and flat. I am trying to be brave with new techniques and use of color.
How has the Gospel of Jesus Christ influenced your work?
The Gospel of Jesus Christ influences my whole life so it naturally would influence my work. Because I have felt God's hand in my life, my Savior's redemptive love and a myriad of tender mercies, how can I not share that? The Gospel of Jesus Christ is joy, happiness, peace. While it can be somber it can also be joyful and celebratory. Because of the hope and pure joy I feel knowing I am a child of God and that He is very active in my life I want to show it in any art piece I create. I draw with the intention of answering "how can I make this person feel the love of God?"
What is one goal you have for your work?
One goal I have for my work is to have someone look at my work and feel the love of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for him or her and to feel love for them. I am a visual learner and as one I am sometimes better at pictures than at words. I hope others can feel my love for my Savior and Heavenly Father through my art and be inspired to know them more. Another goal would be seeing one of my pieces hanging in one of our church buildings.
What hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?
I love reading, trying new foods, knitting, sewing, painting, drawing, playing games with my kids, spending time and traveling with my family. I love to do so many things. I wish I had time to do them all!
What message would you like to send to any aspiring artists?
Heavenly Father has blessed us all with talents. What do you want to do with yours? What does He want you to do with them? Work alongside Him and He will guide you and give you strength and confidence when you feel like you have nothing to share or give. It won't be easy, you'll hear "no's" and people won't always love what you make. But don't be afraid of your dreams! Because it is important to you, it is important to Heavenly Father.