The Art Market Gallery is a cooperative of more than sixty East Tennessee artists dedicated to providing a vibrant marketplace for original art and fine crafts. We are located in the heart of downtown Knoxville with convenient parking on Gay Street, State Street Parking Garage and Market Square Parking Garage.
I create art because it is exciting and liberating. My work frequently tells a story and often has an element of humor in it. I attempt to engage the viewer in my “narration”. They may never understand my intentions, but that is OK – the point is to enjoy the experience!
Due to varied expressions and textures, my subjects are frequently animals – particularly creatures of the ocean depths. But I also have a passion for bright, beautiful landscapes – particularly Sunsets. I love the energy and intensity of bold color and rarely limit my palette to just a few colors. Texture and strong forms are always present in my work.
I begin most of my paintings on glass, making a quick color “sketch” with liquid acrylic and then print my sketch on to paper or Yupo. My training as a printmaker in the past probably influences my desire to incorporate this method now in my paintings. This way, I am free to explore and manipulate the “accidents” that are created. I also love painting with pastel on suede.
My work is represented at The Art Market Gallery in Knoxville, TN. I am a member of the Tennessee Watercolor Society, The Knoxville Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Oak Ridge Art Center, and the Catherine Lorrilard Wolfe Art Club in New York, NY.
Recent Honors and awards include: the Creative Catalyst Award at the Tennessee Newell-Henderson Annual Show; Honorable mention at The Oak Ridge Art Center Juried Show; Goodgall Memorial Award for Watercolor, CLWAC, New York; Award for Watercolor, Tennessee Watercolor Society National Juried Show, and inclusion in the Art and Cultural Alliance National Juried Competition.
I can be contacted through my website at www.brendawmills.com.