Brenda Adams, our respected friend and colleague has passed away. We will all miss her energy and steadfast commitment to Mangawhai Artists Inc over many years.
Brenda’s current work continues to explore her personal and unique relationship with the land. Its diversity and uses – “the wonderful shapes, lines and contours, mostly taken for granted, unnoticed and constantly interrupted by mans endeavor’s. Stripped of these interruptions, the bare essentials are celebrated.’
Brenda Adams like so many women of her time came to formal art education later in life prioritising her family and home making. When her son started school, Brenda enrolled in the local high school and began her exploration into art. Sue Daley, head of art, mentored her through School certificate and sixth form art and art history.
Brenda forged a successful career in the ceramic world but never lost her motivation to extend her knowledge. Life was busy! Adams took up another challenge and enrolled with the NZ correspondence school and completed University Entrance and Bursary studies. Alongside this, Brenda attended several short art courses through Mairangi Art Centre adding practical art making skills to her academic knowledge.
After eighteen years hands on running her ceramic business she was ready for a change and a new challenge. As luck would have it Brenda bumped into Sue Daley her old friend and mentor who was heading up a new program at UNITEC, Mastery Art course for people who were already involved in an art related business.
The artist credits those two years as instrumental in developing her ‘voice’, love of colour, line, texture and paint, resulting in successful participation in several group exhibitions.
Although Brenda returned to teaching music for several years, she continued her interest in art exploring several different media.
With encouragement from Mandy Thomsett Taylor, Brenda has indulged her love of the land in self-expression with paint.