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Brenda Pinnick was born with a red crayon in her hand, ready to color her world as she saw fit. There were the “blue” years, the “green” years and of course, the “periwinkle” years. All good.
Brenda likes pretty things. Really pretty things. Like a lot of artists, her tastes far exceeded her budget so she began “making things”. She believed her older brother when he told her it was ok to use her glittery pink nail polish as eye-shadow, after all, it worked on Barbie. That was one her first attempts at product development. “If there was somewhere I wanted to go and couldn’t, I’d draw it...like the Amazon, (the green years). If there were something she wanted but couldn’t afford, (like new shoes) she would make them. (Yep, you guessed it, periwinkle).
Brenda spent many hours (algebra class, study hall, government class) working in her sketchbooks, honing her skills and planning out her creative life. She knew she needed help so she married a math/engineering guy who can build things for her on demand, which he occasionally does. (Still working on the “demand” part).
Each day in Brenda’s studio is a new beginning. Ideas, products, color-ways – all flying around at lightning speed… she draws, she paints, and she works on the computer and on the floor. There are two studio assistants, Luke and Nugget who contribute by way of meditative study, water cooler gossip and field trips outdoors, and who have been known to sport glitter accents for weeks. (one prefers pink).
You will find Brenda’s scrap booking kits on QVC, her new fabric line is with Henry Glass and she has several lines of dies with Sizzix. Brenda’s art is being introduced later this year on home-goods such as rugs and gifts. Along the way, Brenda managed to have two children, earn a black belt in karate and graduate from the Creative Circus. She has worked in house for Plaid Enterprises as Art Director and for Hallmark Cards creating design and surface art. She still lets her husband take care of the math.