- UNIONDALE, NY, August 01, 2007 - Since the age of eight when she received her first painting set, Mattson has been perfecting her talent for creating exquisitely lifelike portraits
using oil and pastels
. She is recognized worldwide for her portraits of adults and children as well as her striking landscapes and florals. She studied under internationally known instructors and her pastel painting of former President Gerald R. Ford
hangs in the Ford Museum's permanent collection
. Mattson also has a splendid knack for capturing the soulfulness of pets for client commissions.
Mattson teaches and demonstrates her portrait, landscape and animal painting skills to others on the national and international level. She has worked as an instructor for The Grand Rapids Art Museum,
the ]b]International Association of Pastel Societies and the Portrait Society of America
convention. In addition, she taught two-week painting workshops in Ireland and acted as a teacher and demonstrator at the Learning Art Expo
in Burbank, California.
Mattson is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America
,exhibition chairwoman for the International Association of Pastel Societies and a member of the Portrait Society of America. Her work has been featured in many artists' publications including The Pastel Journal, International Pastel Artist, Tole Art Magazine, American Artist, The Artist
. Galleries that have featured her work include Gallery Uptown in Grand Haven, the Crooked Tree Gallery in Petoskey, the One Trick Pony Gallery in Grand Rapids and the Richeson Gallery in Kimberly, Wisconsin. Mattson, a historian for the Great Lakes Pastel Society
, was an award recipient at the West Michigan Regional Competition in 2006. For more information on Mattson's upcoming shows and classes or to view her work, visit http://www.brendamattson.com.
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