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Glassed In

Join us Friday April 5th from 5-8pm for our Artist Reception

Brenda Hounshell - Artist

When I decided to start doing artwork again, I was not sure what direction I planned to take. On a whim I took a class using watercolors. At first this was a very frustrating medium because at times the paint on the paper has a mind of its own. But once I realized this quality is what makes watercolor so special it became a challenge to see all of the possible outcomes. Each painting has surprises, teaches me something and rarely turns out like planned.

One of my early subjects was glassware. The “clear” quality of the glass seemed a natural subject for watercolor painting using transparent paints. While the idea made sense, this choice turned out to be a bit more challenging than I originally thought. My stubbornness won out and I kept at it until I felt more comfortable with this subject matter. Now my first choice when deciding what to paint next is glass more often than any other subject.

It is fun to scour flea markets, auctions and antique shops looking for unusual shapes, colors and qualities of glass containers. There is no doubt it will be a very long time, if ever, when I will run out of possibilities using this subject matter.


I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from James Madison University and concentrated in drawing and design. Several years ago I decided to take a watercolor course and found the medium to be exciting and challenging. Currently I am a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the Baltimore Watercolor Society and the Virginia Watercolor Society. In 2018 I was awarded the Drs. Robert & Ora Kromhout Memorial Award for the piece in this show titled “Pear Shaped”.