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Senja Brendon

Senja Brendon

Senja is a contemporary Scottish artist living and working in Edinburgh. Born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, in 1968, Senja began life by the sea, before moving to The Lake District to grow up surrounded by mountains and lakes. Daughter to the outdoor adventure author, Colin Mortlock, her unconventional childhood was filled with exciting expeditions; hiking, kayaking, climbing, cycling, sailing and camping. This is where her love of the Scottish coastline took root, as every school holiday involved escaping north to backpack around practically every island in Scotland, travelling by foot and wild camping by the coast. Her mother was the creative force in the family, always encouraging drawing and painting or using natural materials to make sculptures and models when out on an expedition.

Senja moved to Edinburgh in 1986, completing a degree at Edinburgh University and a postgraduate teaching qualification at Moray House. During this time she never lost sight of her creative side, attending numerous evening classes and summer school modules at Edinburgh College of Art and Leith School of Art, covering everything from stone carving, life drawing and illustration, to watercolour and the development of oil painting. It was in these latter classes that she was to find her preferred medium, loving the bold, textured brush marks of impasto oil paint, and enjoying the way that she could move the paint freely around the canvas, blending and mixing colour in unusual patterns.

A keen surfer, Senja is inspired by her love of the ocean, painting outdoors on location whenever she can. Engaging directly with the elements, Senja aims to capture the spirit of the ocean and her emotional connection to it. Splitting her time between the East Lothian coastline and the Kintyre Peninsula, you will often find her perched on the edge of the land, using a pochade box of oil paints with a prepared board slotted neatly into the lid. These studies are then worked up into larger paintings in her Edinburgh studio. The richly textured, dynamic brushstrokes often bely the accurate detail of these real locations, and those lucky enough to live by, or visit, these striking coastlines will vouch for the dramatic light and colours at play.

Early influences include the brooding stormscapes of Emil Nolde and the solitary figure of 'The Monk by the Sea' by Casper David Friedrich. These works embody the immensity and elemental qualities of the ocean in all its raw and untamable beauty. There is a love of Turner's loose brushstrokes and dramatic skies and, recently, Senja has followed the footsteps of her favourite artist, William MacTaggart, recreating some of his plein air experiences, painting on the beaches of Kintyre.

Senja has completed artist residencies in Dornie and Kintyre, has exhibited in mixed and solo exhibitions across Scotland, and has undertaken large commissions for both private and public customers. Her work is gathering a loyal following of lovers of Scotland, art and the sea.

Dramatic skies and wild landscapes are a constant feature of her work, with bold use of colour creating an illusion of reality, without being overly representational.

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Brightening Afternoon, Kintyre

Brightening Afternoon, Kintyre

Original: Oil

Painting

£120

Escape For A While

Escape For A While

Original: Oil

Painting

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Holy Isle from the Brodick Ferry

Holy Isle from the Brodick Ferry

Original: Oil

Painting

£85

In the Pink

In the Pink

Original: Oil

Painting

£1,500

Little Pink Sky

Little Pink Sky

Original: Oil

Painting

£80

Low Tide, Whiting Bay

Low Tide, Whiting Bay

Original: Oil

Painting

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Out to Sea

Out to Sea

Original: Oil

Painting

£395

Overhead

Overhead

Original: Oil

Painting

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Ray of Hope

Ray of Hope

Original: Oil

Painting

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Running with the Wind, Whiting Bay

Running with the Wind, Whiting Bay

Original: Oil

Painting

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Shepherd's Delight

Shepherd's Delight

Original: Oil

Painting

£350

Silver Light

Silver Light

Original: Oil

Painting

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Sound of Raasay

Sound of Raasay

Original: Oil

Painting

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Spring Sky over Islay and Jura

Spring Sky over Islay and Jura

Original: Oil

Painting

£495

Summer Sands

Summer Sands

Original: Oil

Painting

£175

The Sky Darkened As The Sea Lit Up

The Sky Darkened As The Sea Lit Up

Original: Oil

Painting

£95

The Sun Sets on Another Stunning Day

The Sun Sets on Another Stunning Day

Original: Oil

Painting

£250

Trident

Trident

Original: Oil

Painting

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Turning Tide

Turning Tide

Original: Oil

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Unbridled

Unbridled

Original: Oil

Painting

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