Lifelong Knippa Resident adds vivid detail to paintings

Jennifer Fry

Staff writer

A lifelong resident of Knippa, Brenda Lee Gracia-McEwen returns to El Progreso Memorial Library this month as the artist of the month for November. She has been the artist on display multiple times previously.

She and husband, Robert, spent the morning of Thursday, Nov. 1, setting up the display of 22 paintings which represent the last five years of her work.

Gracia-McEwen has been painting for more than 20 years, having begun in the 1990s. She is self-taught and says her techniques come largely through trial and error.

It had been a childhood dream of hers to one day be a well-known artist. While in her 20s, Gracia-McEwen would pick up various art books and study them.

“I used to watch Bob Ross,” she said. “He was a very influential artist… I just ended up through the years picking up my own style.”

Gracia-McEwen’s vividly-detailed acrylic paintings depict nature, fantasy, whimsy and still-life – depending on her mood. The only time she uses photographs to paint is if she needs help with perspective.


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