Artist Head Shot 2018.JPG

Bio

Brooke is a full time award winning artist at the age of 31, working out of Capitol Hill Seattle. Her paintings focus on innovation, aesthetics, place and perception.  With a background in plein air (on site) landscape painting, she has gained an intuitive affinity for color and dynamic composition.   Universal beauty and an art for the people have influenced her deconstructed style of painting to stimulate our human senses.   This analytical way of breaking up a scene into blocks of color and putting them back together is both engaging in process as well as the audience to enjoy getting lost in.  Although most of Brooke's work is very colorful, she has also recently been experimenting in more subtle monochromatic tones.

Brooke began painting in high school and earned a BFA in painting from the University of Oregon in 2010.  However, she considers herself a self-taught landscape painter, as she practiced from nature with a prolific output and has not attended any workshops.  By a ravenous practice of observation and looking at a lot of art, she has been able to develop her own unique style that is not quite categorizable.  People have described Brooke's paintings as the modern take on pointillism, comparable to cubism and Cezanne, or a hand made version of blown up computer pixels. 

Over the past 8 years as an exhibiting artist Brooke has most recently been awarded a prestigious prize for best oil/acrylic painting at the 2018 Carmel Plein Air Competition.  She is nationally and internationally collected and shows at galleries in 6 different states- Washington, California, Oregon, Utah, Colorado and Maine.  If you live in the Seattle area you may also find her work in various local artwalks.

When Brooke is not making art you can find her at one of Seattle’s many niche locations for pinball.  She competes in weekly and regional tournaments and works a few days a week at a consignment shop in Ballard.

Please like  me on facebook            @BrookeBorcherdingFineArts

Or follow me on Instagram            @brookeborcherdingfineart

 

EDUCATION:

2010            Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, University of Oregon 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION:

ART EAST Issaqua, WA

MICHAEL BIRAWER GALLERY Seattle, WA

THE ART PROJECT  Bainbridge Island, WA

ART WORKS GALLERY Cedar City, UT

WHITE BIRD GALLERY Cannon Beach, OR

AMERICAN ART COMPANY Tacoma, WA

CASCO BAY ARTISANS Portland, ME

JESSUP CELLARS Yountville, CA

TRACY MILLER GALLERY Manitou Springs, CO

Awards:

2018

  • Best Oil or Acrylic Painting, Carmel Plein Air Festival, Carmel CA

2017

  • Best Non-Traditional Plein Air, Boulder Plein air Festival, Boulder CO

  • 3rd Place Associate Arts of Ocean Shores Fine Art Juried Show, Ocean Shores WA

2016

  • Featured in Southwest Art Magazine's 21 under 31 annual selection

  • Best Plein Air, Plein Air & More Festival, Cannon Beach OR

  • Best In Show, Americana and Independence Day Show, Tsuga Fine Art, Bothell WA

2015

  • Honorable Mention, Miniatures, Kenmore Art Show, Kenmore WA (Juried by Irina Kirienko Milton)

2014   

  • Award of Merit, Issaquah 1st Annual Plein Air Paintout, WA

  • Yamhill Lavender Festival Honorable Mention, (Juried by Ramona Youngquist), Oregon

2013   

  • Beauty of the Northwest Honorable Mention, Gallery North, Edmonds

2012   

  • City Scene Honorable Mention, Hillsboro Plein Air Paintout, Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro, OR (Juried by Eric Jacobson)

  • Juror’s Award of Distinction, Umpqua Plein Air Paintout, Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, OR (Juried by Thomas Kitts)

2011    

  • Honorable Mention, SCAL 81st Annual Exhibition, Contemporary Landscape Painters of California, (Juried by Scott A. Shields)

  • Juror’s Choice Award (George Billis), National Juried Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, VA

2010    

  • Juror’s Choice Award (Christine L. Sundt), Mayor’s Art Show, Jacob’s Gallery, Eugene, OR

2009    

  • Best in Show, Pacific Northwest Art Annual (juried by founder Adell McMillan, Kelly Rauer of Portland Art Center), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR


Juried Exhibitions:

2018      Carmel Annual Plein Air Competition, Carmel CA

2018      Bemis Annual Spring Show, Seattle WA

2018     Ocean Shores Annual Juried Show, Associated Arts of Ocean Shores, WA

2018     CVG Statewide Annual Juried Show, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA

2017     Plein air Washington Valleys to Vineyards Exhibit, the American Art Co, Tacoma, WA

2017     Ocean Shores Annual Juried Show, Associated Arts of Ocean Shores, WA

2017     4th Annual Living Mark Exhibition, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

2016    Santa Fe Plein Air Festival, InArt Gallery, Santa Fe NM

2016    CVG Annual State Wide Art Competition, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton WA (juror Leilani Lewis)

2015    Nature's Gift of Water, Plein Air Washington, the American Art Company, Tacoma WA

2014    Northwest Landscapes Grand and Intimate, ArtEAST, Issaquah, WA

2013    Plein Air Washington State Parks Exhibit, the American Art Company, Tacoma WA

2012    Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2012, Columbia Center For the Arts, Hood River, OR

2012    Richeson 75 International Small Works Exhibition, Kimberly, WI

2011    National Juried Exhibition (Juror George Billis), Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, VA

2010    Open Studios Art Tour, Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts, Eugene, OR        

2010   GATA (Gallery at the Airport), Eugene Airport, Eugene, OR

2010   Mayor’s Art Show, Jacobs Gallery, Eugene, OR       

2010    Pacific Northwest Art Annual Exhibition, Adell McMillan Gallery, Eugene, OR                                        

2010Process Impact: Open Activist Art, Eagle Art Gallery, Murray State University, KY

2010    National Association of Women Artists Small Works Open Exhibition, N.A.W.A. gallery, New York, NY

2009    California Open Exhibition (juried by Michael Zakian-Director of Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu), TAG gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2009   Pacific Northwest Art Annual Exhibition, Adell McMillan Gallery, Eugene, OR

2009   Open Studios Art Tour Exhibit, D.I.V.A., Eugene, OR


Group Shows:

2014-2016                       Alki Arts, Seattle WA

2015- PRESENT            River Gallery Spring & Fall shows,  Mount Vernon WA

2016         Lynwood Convention Center WA

2014            

  • Community Arts Program, Design Center, Seattle WA

  • 30x30 Challenge, Avanti Art and Design, Seattle WA

  • "Urban Energy”, Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA

  • Testing the Waters” Abstractions, Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA

2013            

  • State Parks Exhibit Plein Air Washington, American Art Company, Tacoma WA

  • 30x30 Challenge, Avanti Art and Design, Seattle WA

2011            

  • Miniatures, Vistra Framing Outlet, Eugene, OR

  • Oregon Wine Country, David Joyce Gallery, Lane Community College, Eugene, OR

2010            

  • Member Show, Oregon Arts Alliance, Eugene, OR

  • Plein Air painters of Lane County, Flying Turtle Gallery, Oakridge, OR

2009   Plein Air painters of Eugene/Springfield Showings: Emerald Art Center, City Hall, Eugene Public Library, Sylvan Ridge winery, OR

2008 - 2010         Student work group shows, LaVerne Krauss Gallery, University of Oregon, OR

Participation/Memberships:
2013-present   Member of Plein Air Painters of Washington PAWA
2009-2012       Plein Air Painters of Lane County member/participant
2009 - 2011      Children’sart workshops at Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR
2008 - 2011       Gallery host, Studio Art Tour committee member of DIVA, Eugene, OR


Private Collections:
2009    Walk Across Coburg Road, Pacific NW Art Annual winner for the University of Oregon permanent collection, OR
2008    Eugene Landscape, University of Oregon permanent collection, OR


Publications:

  • What Is Plein Air Painting? Featured Artist, Issaquah Highlands Connections, Community News, July 2014 OutdoorPainter.com, "3 Paintings in 90 Minutes: One Artist's Exercise", Sep 2013 http://www.outdoorpainter.com/news/three-paintings-in-90-minutes-one-artists-exercise.html

  • Washington En Plein Air Volume IV http://www.blurb.com/b/4638742-washington-en-plein-air

  • “A Beautiful Day in Oregon” Cover image for Oregon Watershed Councils Atlas of Accomplishments, 2011

  • “Impressions of the Ordinary”, Eugene Weekly, Art Shorts, June 23, 2011 http://www.eugeneweekly.com/2011/06/23/artsshorts.html

  • “Passport to Art: Artists open their studios for DIVA”. Eugene Weekly, Visual Arts Section, October 15, 2009. (http://www.eugeneweekly.com/2009/10/15/visart1.html)

Past Gallery Representation:      
July 2012-Nov 2014                   Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA 98020
May 2011-December 2012               Vistra Framing and Gallery, 160 E Broadway, Eugene, OR