Curriculum Vitae

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Phone; +353 86 8371855
Post: Ardmore, Co Waterford. Ireland.

Curriculum Vitae

Brenda Harris was born in Dublin. Her family background of textile and design ensured that colour and creativity would become a major force in her life. The years she spent living in Co. Wicklow, her recent move to West Waterford and her regular visits to France have influenced the course of her work.

A fulltime artist for the last twenty years, she paints in oil and watercolour – her work is instantly recognisable by the rich opulence of her colour palette and the almost palpable sensation of light that illuminates each canvas.

Her paintings have featured on numerous television programs in Ireland and the UK and she exhibits regularly in both solo and group shows. Her work hangs in private and corporate collections in Ireland, US, Germany, France and the Middle East. Brenda regularly hosts workshops and tutorials both in Ireland and France.

I mean by a picture, a beautiful, romantic dream of something that never was, never will be – in a light better than any lights that ever shone – in a land no one can define or remember, only desire.

Sir Edward Burne-Jones 1833 – 1888

Brenda Harris's work bears a signature as individual as a finger-print and that signature is light. Her palette is rich and opulent with glowing shades of gold, orange, and deep purple. The luscious oils drawing us into a world that both comforts and nurtures but also questions and challenges. The richness of hue and generosity of scale urges us to join her on our own quest for wholeness – for completeness.

The spine of her work is the interaction between colour and line – giving off a vibrant energy. Her ‘Connections' series was born of a personal journey and the fragments of self that connect – and sometimes do not.

“To me, Art is inclusive rather than exclusive. Who composes a piece of music that will never be played; writes a play that may never be performed, a book that isn't read? ”

The light that recurs in Harris's work comes from deep within the painting itself so that it is both a spirit and a guide. ‘Connecting Light' - a series of paintings that examines the architecture of light – was inspired by visits to France where coil upon coil of coastal towns illuminate the night sky.

The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

Carl Gustav Jung 1875-1961


The Narrow Space Gallery. Clonmel, Co Tipperary
Ardmore Gallery, Ardmore Co Waterford. Ireland.
The Lavitt gallery Cork, Co Cork


The Stafford Group.
 F.B.D. Insurance.
 E.B.S. Building Society.
The Dept, of Defence.
Prudential Europe Smith & Nephew.
Peugot UK.
 C & C International PLC. 
The Dept of Agriculture.