Artist Ursula Brenner creates landscapes and contemporary abstracts in pastels, acrylics, and oils using contrasts in form and color to underscore emotion. Brenner's art reflects a wide range of moods, from light and playful to deep and mysterious.
Born in Germany, Brenner includes among her influences old world museums, art, music, and architecture. Brenner attended Edgecliff College in Cincinnati, Ohio on scholarship and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Drawing and Painting. There, she studied with, and continues to be influenced by, artists Wolf Kahn, Susan Sarback, Doug Dawson and Albert Handell. A national award-winning artist, Brenner was chosen to attend the Vermont Studio Center on partial scholarship in 2002.
Always filled with ideas, Brenner can be as inspired by driving in the country as by looking through a magazine. She likes to focus on the fundamental nature of a scene - the values, colors and shapes - using a "notan" study, a Japanese method of examining lights and darks. Brenner experiences a spiritual connection as she creates art, which is something she wants the viewer to experience as well. "My art makes a strong, bold statement, an unambiguous statement," says the artist. "I want people who look at my work to be transported into another realm, to transcend the normal human experience."
Brenner lives and paints from her studio in Cincinnati, Ohio. Besides painting, she often leads and participates in painting workshops across the country.