Brenda Hardin a native of Kannapolis, N.C. has taught high school art for 42 years and college art for13 years. Recently she has also opened her own studio for teaching classes and creating art. She enjoys all artistic endeavors and particularly drawing portraits. She also enjoys working in pastels, oils, acrylics, pencil, ink and pottery. She developed an interest in plein- air pastel painting after attending workshops from Maggie Price, Susan Oilgive, Brenda Mattson, Sean Dye.
Brenda loves drawing and painting portraits in pastels, pencil, and oils. She also creates commissioned portraits in pastels and home portraits in ink for the Cabarrus Historic Society. Brenda admires Maggie Price’s and Daniel Greene’s pastel work and Paul McCormack’s portraits. When Brenda retires she plans to devote more time and enjoy creating art, traveling and attending as many pastel workshops as possible while enjoying drawing and painting.
Brenda is a National Board Certified Teacher, holds a Masters in Art Ed., B.S. Ed. Major in art, A. A. and has 43 years experience in teaching. She was selected by the North Carolina Art Education Association as the North Carolina Secondary Art Teacher of the Year in 2002. She is member of The Piedmont Pastel Society, Pastel Society of North Carolina, The International Association of Pastel Artist, The Pastel Society of America and the Cabarrus Art Guild.
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