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Senja Brendon - Originals

Senja Brendon - Originals

I have always been drawn to the sea and the life that nestles close to it. I love the sense of space and well being that it gives me. As a surfer, I feel a deep, emotional connection to the sea and have a healthy respect for its many moods. It keeps me humble.

In my work, I aim to capture the immensity and elemental qualities of the ocean in all its raw and untamable beauty. I would like to take you with me on a quiet wander along peaceful sands or share the powerful energy of huge, crashing waves. Every painting has a stage where I can almost feel the transfer of energy from me to the canvas, with each piece carrying a little piece of my soul and my wish to share with you the spirit of the sea. Sometimes, as I wander the Scottish coastline, it is a boat, a building or a tiny flower that captures my imagination. I make pencil, charcoal, watercolour or small oil sketches. Sometimes these studies become a finished piece, as I love to work 'en plein air' at the location, and other times they serve as a reference for further development in the studio. Inspiration for my large waves comes mainly from the world of surfing. I will watch footage of a wave over and over, studying the movement of the water just before and immediately after the image I want to create, hoping to capture that fleeting moment in between. Once I begin painting, however, the wave will often take on a life of its own and it becomes a very fluid dialogue as to where the water will take me!

As my work continues to develop, I am becoming increasingly drawn to the magic of mark making and the interaction of colours. A sense of location is still important to me, yet I am becoming freer and more experimental in my journey from place to painting. Even with close to 30 years of painting, it is still a challenge to capture the movement and light in such constantly changing scenes.

My early influences include the dynamic seascapes of William MacTaggart, the brooding impasto work of Emil Nolde and the incredible skies of William Turner. I even followed in the footsteps of MacTaggart to recreate his vision of Kintyre.

My relationship and dialogue with the sea is one that I will never tire of, and I consider myself blessed that it continues to enrich my life. I hope that, through my art, I can bring a little of its spirit to you.

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Beautiful Morning, Kildonan

Beautiful Morning, Kildonan

Original: Oil

Painting

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Best Friends

Best Friends

Original: Oil

Painting

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Deep Blue II

Deep Blue II

Original: Oil

Painting

£195

Escape to the Sea

Escape to the Sea

Original: Oil

Painting

£350

Finishing Line

Finishing Line

Original: Oil

Painting

£2,500

Glimpse

Glimpse

Original: Oil

Painting

£195

Glow

Glow

Original: Oil

Painting

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Golden Light, Sound of Mull

Golden Light, Sound of Mull

Original: Oil

Painting

£1,995

Harmony

Harmony

Original: Oil

Painting

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Heaven Sent

Heaven Sent

Original: Oil

Painting

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In The Spotlight

In The Spotlight

Original: Oil

Painting

£1,995

Into the Blue

Into the Blue

Original: Oil

Painting

£595

One Wee Cloud

One Wee Cloud

Original: Oil

Painting

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Perfect Day, Kildonan

Perfect Day, Kildonan

Original: Oil

Painting

£2,250

Perfect Evening

Perfect Evening

Original: Oil

Painting

£275

Poseidon ('God of the Sea')

Poseidon ('God of the Sea')

Original: Oil

Painting

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Quiet Reflection

Quiet Reflection

Original: Oil

Painting

£195

Studio View, Muasdale

Studio View, Muasdale

Original: Oil

Painting

£1,995

Summer Calm

Summer Calm

Original: Oil

Painting

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Summer Glow

Summer Glow

Original: Oil

Painting

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Summer Joy

Summer Joy

Original: Oil

Painting

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Summer Sea

Summer Sea

Original: Oil

Painting

£175

Sunrise Holy Isle

Sunrise Holy Isle

Original: Oil

Painting

£1,200

Supper Time

Supper Time

Original: Oil

Painting

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The Green, Green Sea

The Green, Green Sea

Original: Oil

Painting

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Two Wee Waves

Two Wee Waves

Original: Oil

Painting

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Until We Return - Holy Isle from the Ferry

Until We Return - Holy Isle from the Ferry

Original: Oil

Painting

£2,250

Western Skies

Western Skies

Original: Oil

Painting

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Where the Light Falls

Where the Light Falls

Original: Oil

Painting

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