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Senja Brendon

Senja Brendon

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 where she completed her degree. Attending Edinburgh College of Art and Leith School of Art, she explored stone carving, life drawing, illustration, watercolour and the development of oil painting. It was in these latter classes that Senja found her preferred medium, loving the bold, textured brush marks of impasto oil paint, and enjoying the expressive nature of moving paint freely around the canvas, blending and mixing colour in unusual patterns. Recently, Senja has also been exploring a variety of charcoal techniques to capture the raw, dramatic power of the ocean. Senja recently moved to Arran and now splits her time between here, Edinburgh and her purpose built studio on the Kintyre Peninsula. You will often find her perched on the shoreline, using a pochade box of oil paints with a primed board slotted into the lid. These plein air studies are then worked up into larger paintings in the 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 Scottish coastlines will vouch for the dramatic light and colours at play.

A keen surfer, Senja has a deep, emotional connection to the sea and a healthy respect for its many moods. Her paintings often convey this understanding of her subject, inviting the viewer to engage with the elements and to share in the spirit of the ocean. Her paintings can take you for a quiet wander along peaceful sands or plunge you shamelessly into the heart of powerful, crashing waves. 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 across Scotland, has exhibited in mixed and solo exhibitions and has undertaken large commissions for both private and public customers. Over the years, she has formed strong and lasting relationships with galleries both on business and personal levels. Her work is gathering a loyal, and increasingly international, following of lovers of Scotland, art and the sea.

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A Walk on the Beach

A Walk on the Beach

Original: Oil

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Afternoon Light

Afternoon Light

Original: Oil

Painting

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Arran Sunrise

Arran Sunrise

Original: Oil

Painting

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Bellochantuy Sunset

Bellochantuy Sunset

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£150

Bluebird Day

Bluebird Day

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Changing Tide

Changing Tide

Original: Oil

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Deep Blue

Deep Blue

Original: Oil

Painting

£275

Early Morning

Early Morning

Original: Oil

Painting

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Escape to the Sea

Escape to the Sea

Original: Oil

Painting

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Ferry to Lochranza

Ferry to Lochranza

Original: Oil

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Final Destination

Final Destination

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£150

Good Times Ahead

Good Times Ahead

Original: Oil

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Maelstrom

Maelstrom

Limited Edition Print

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£175

On The Rocks

On The Rocks

Original: Oil

Painting

£1,995

One Wee Cloud

One Wee Cloud

Original: Oil

Painting

£295

Peace

Peace

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£150

Perfect Evening

Perfect Evening

Original: Oil

Painting

£275

Rolling Over

Rolling Over

Original: Oil

Painting

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Shepherd's Delight

Shepherd's Delight

Original: Oil

Painting

£350

Summer Joy

Summer Joy

Original: Oil

Painting

£295

Summer Sea

Summer Sea

Original: Oil

Painting

£175

Sundowner

Sundowner

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Trident

Trident

Limited Edition Print

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£195

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