Thursday, September 8, 2016

Artist Spotlight: Brooke Borcherding

Brooke Borcherding is a 28 year old landscape artist living and working in Seattle, Washington. Her practice consists of painting from life then transforming her studies into larger studio (or on site) works in a style she calls her “deconstructions”.

Originating from Southern California and now living in the Pacific Northwest, Borcherding has always been inherently drawn to the things that surround her where she lives. She first took her easel outdoors in 2009, observing and learning from both nature and her plein air painting peers while earning a BFA from the University of Oregon and graduating in 2010.

Being largely self taught in landscape and cityscape painting, she deviated from academic and conceptual art in order to fulfill her need to express what is real, what is everyday, and embrace the often overlooked beauty that is right in front of us.

Now she is returning to an exploratory process of building up the the landscape in an abstract manner with blocks of color. Her traditional plein air approach to painting gives her a foundation on which to base these blocky versions, providing her with color, composition and understanding of the space. She then works to build a painting by putting together bits and pieces, finding order in the chaos to re-form what we can identify as a place. Her goal is to create an engaging visual scene that takes you deep into space and dances between the real and unreal of paint on canvas.

Borcherding's distinctive style is being increasingly recognized nationally. She traveled to Santa Fe for the juried Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Festival, and she took home the "Best Plein Air" award at the Canon Beach Plein Air & More Festival. She's featured in the prestigious 2016 Southwest Art Magazine 21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch, which can be read here.

2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, University of Oregon

Recent Awards
2016 Best Plein Air, Plein air & More Festival, Cannon Beach, OR
2016 Best In Show, Americana & Independence Day show, Tsuga, Bothell WA
2015 Honorable Mention, Miniatures, Kenmore Art Show, Kenmore WA
2014 Award of Merit, Issaquah First Annual Plein Air Paintout, WA
2014 Honorable Mention, Yamhill Lavender Festival, OR
2013 Honorable Mention, Beauty of the Northwest, Gallery North, Edmonds WA

Gallery Representation:
American Art Company, 1126 Broadway Tacoma, WA
White Bird Gallery, 251 N Hemlock St Cannon Beach, OR
Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave Anacortes, WA
Jessup Cellars Gallery, 6740 Washington Street Yountville, CA
Casco Bay Artisans, 68 Commercial st. Portland, ME
River Gallery, 19313 Landing Road Mount Vernon, WA
Tsuga Fine Art, 10101 Main St Bothell, WA