Brenda Byrne, visual artist
After working 25 years as a hairstylist in Tecumseh, ON, Brenda entered the RN program at St. Clair College. Following graduation, she worked as a home care nurse in Windsor and Essex County where 90% of her clients were in the end stages of cancer and had made the decision to remain at home until the end. It was an honour for Brenda to get to know them and their families during that time.
After two years, Brenda was hired by The Detroit Medical Center to work as an Oncology nurse at the Karmanos Cancer Institute located in Harper Hospital. Eventually, she trained as a circulating nurse in the OR and later transferred to a DMC Ambulatory Surgical Center in Southfield Michigan until retirement.
In 2018, Brenda started painting small rocks for her granddaughters, friends, and family. More than 200 rocks later, she discovered paint pouring by watching YouTube videos made by several wonderful artists. From them, Brenda learned techniques such as Dutch pours, flip cups, ring pours and pour & spins.
Brenda has sold several paintings across Canada and the United States.
Brenda was encouraged to apply for membership into the Walkerville Artists Co-op and is thrilled to now belong to a wonderful group of very talented artists.
Besides painting on canvas, Brenda loves painting on 4" squares and circles in the process of making one of a kind coasters. She uses mdf wood to paint on and then applies 450* heat-resistant resin. When that part is dry, she carefully attaches a 4"square or round layer of cork to the backside and her initials.