About Carmel Brennan
Carmel Brennan, B.A., B.Ed., OSA
Born in Birmingham, England, of Irish parents, Carmel Brennan has been a professional artist since the early 1970’s. A teacher of Visual Arts for over 40 years, she involves herself in various arts organizations and societies. She was President of the Ontario Society of Artists from 2010 until 2013. Carmel curated three major exhibitions of the Uxbridge Artist Collective from 2009 to 2012, called Work from Heart Mind & Hand, and received an Ontario Arts Council grant for a catalogue on this same project.
Carmel is very active exhibiting her own photography, painting & printmaking, in commercial and public galleries. Carmel travels regularly to visit family in Ireland, her second home, and often conducts a painting tour with professional Canadian artists. She loves to travel especially if it involves being on foot! As a pilgrim she has walked with her backpack the 800 kilometres Camino de Santiago (Spain) in 2011 and in 2013 the 750 kilometre Via Podiensis (France) and the 120 kilometre Camino Ingles (Spain). Walking inspires her. In 2015 she walked part of the Camino Norte and plans to return very soon. Walking is her meditation.
Carmel Brennan’s studio and residence in Sunderland, Ontario, is open to visitors annually, on the third weekend of September, as part of the Uxbridge Studio Tour.
My photography, paintings and prints are derived from the same base, following lines of thought within my mind. That direction of my image making process hasn’t changed for years. I am still fascinated by art making, by life, objects and places and recording what remains. I make marks so that I can note the details of stories told by what I frame through my viewfinder. Story telling is important to me.
A camera is a sketchbook to document thoughts and ideas. Any camera works, whether it be a full frame professional camera or an I Phone, or a small point & shoot.
I entered a new phase recently, a quieter time, trying to not work towards something but simply working for the pure pleasure of the activity.
***For notes from Walking the Camino see, my Blogroll in the Menu Bar!