When we are open there’s Jazz! Tonight April 6th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Southside Jazz Project for the grand opening of artist BL Vang
B L. Vang
I like to paint with both intent and accident. Accidentals lead to discovery and renewed curiosity. This requires trust, which is perhaps the most essential—and challenging—element in producing intuitively expressive art. All intent and no accident can result in stagnation, if not perfectionism, which I have found to be a colossal waste of potential, not to mention time and materials. I rather allow brushes to serve as conduits between observation and expression. I apply paint with varied speed and pressure, allowing the brush to “sing.” Musical terms come to mind—such as rhythm, harmony, contrast, tension/release, resolution, and of course, composition. I invite the “music” that expressive brushwork offers–for my own sensibilities and for the viewer to form a personally unique interpretation.
Born in1962 into a creative family, Brenda Lee Vang took delight in visual daydreaming–comparing and contrasting colors, shapes, and textures of her rural surroundings. Her choice to become an artist came at an early age when the kitchen table would become an art studio. While her sister studied art, Brenda was thus introduced to expressionism, which helped form her appreciation for the unexpected. Music making helped shape her appreciation of intuitively expressive art. Family, teachers, and neighbors provided inspiration, encouragement and a foundation for what follows.
For the 1982-83 academic year, Brenda studied and lived in Alnwick Castle–located in Northumberland, England–via St. Cloud State University, International Studies program.
Brenda earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction from the California College of the Arts in 1988, and the Master of Arts Degree with the Award for Outstanding Thesis from the University of Northern Colorado in 2007.
Between BFA and MA degrees, alongside painting oil on canvas, Brenda produced editorial illustrations, courtroom illustrations, maps, and theatrical stage paintings.
While oil on canvas remains her preferred medium, Brenda enjoys stereo photography, ink on paper, and digital art using a pressure-sensitive tablet.
Brenda married James Fittz, cellist and luthier, in 2002. They live in Denver, Colorado in an 1890 bungalow just large enough to accommodate her painting studio and his luthier shop and music room. Together they enjoy woodworking, skiing, fishing, and playing with their dog, Chester.