Brenda graduated from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro with a Bachelors in Foreign Arts Degree. She worked as a visual arts educator from 1966 to 2009. In 1997, she became one of the first 23 arts educators to receive the prestigious National Board Certified Teachers Award. She has also received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education,
Time Warner Star Teacher (Gaston County), and the North Carolina Secondary Art Educator of the Year award.
In 2009, Brenda retired to pursue a full-time career as a painter. As an award winning and collected regional artist, she exhibits frequently in both one man and invitational shows. Recent projects include: a four artists exhibition – which includes 15 new works – at the Lincolnton Cultural Center. She is also actively involved in the growing arts Uptown where she is an artist in residence at Arts on Main Gallery in Studio One Hundred and Nine. In addition, she maintains a second facility, Rainbow Connection Studio, which is also located in the uptown area in Gastonia, NC.