Plein Air II
Of The Land Of The Water
Into The Light
Plein Air IV
Brenda Ciardiello - Artist
I am a nature-based painter and poet. My work explores the effects nature has
on our experience as humans. Through poetic expression and striking botanical
compositions, I contemplate and attempt to express visual manifestations of
human introspection and connection to our natural surroundings. A lifelong
fascination with water led me to watercolor; as a medium it is uniquely
well-suited to capturing ephemeral elements of nature expressively. I lean
into its dynamic, serendipitous qualities by guiding more than marking -
embracing its unpredictability, blooming, and translucence. Water's impermanence
and constant transience embodies and mirrors nature's ever-changing character as
well as our own existence.
My newest body of work incorporates the human figure - usually myself or one of
my three sons - into my natural compositions. This work is deeply personal,
fueled by a strong desire to create a more equitable society for my children
through greater representation of brown and black bodies in art. The human
elements are always painted in oil creating a pairing of oil and water with
my botanical watercolors which explores questions of belonging, compatibility,
and coexistence on both societal and environmental levels.
My process is to remove myself from the quotidian and go into nature; be it
through travel or a simple walk, I seek to immerse myself in and commune with
nature as an escape and a means of seeking connection. In these moments, I seek
out nature's tangible and intangible qualities - light, sound, texture, color,
smell - and observe their effects on myself and others. I am fascinated by the
way we interact with plants, water, clouds, the sun, with our hands, our feet,
our bodies. It is from these observations that I take inspiration for my poetic
work and capture original source imagery for my paintings. My paintings are
visual manifestations of the delight and awe nature brings me, and the deep
contemplation it elicits from all of us.
With beauty as a primary means of communication, my contemporary scenes of
effortless interaction, or implied interaction, with nature speak to a deep
connection with the earth and each other - and directly refute the exoticization
of brown and black bodies, asserting that we are all “natural,” beautiful in our
Brenda Melgoza Ciardiello is a Mexican-American artist and poet who paints
contemporary landscapes, botanicals and abstract art that deal with themes of
personal connection to nature, as inspired by her experiences and travels in
nature around the world. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and
Classical Civilizations from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a Master
of Science in Education from The City College of New York.
Brenda is heavily influenced by her bicultural and international experience of
the world. Born in Mexico City but raised in Texas, she has also lived / studied
in Italy, the U.K., New York City, New England, the Rocky Mountains, and the
Middle East and, as part of her process, travels whenever possible to capture
original source imagery for her artwork.
Brenda currently lives and paints in Fort Worth, Texas where she shows her
work through local art organizations and galleries and, occasionally, teaches.
She is a 2021 Carter Community Artist with the Amon Carter Museum of American
Art, Fort Worth.