Fine Art Orcutt Fine Art Fine paintings

Charleston, SC
Brenda Orcutt was born and raised in the Carolinas and has called Charleston her home for the past seventeen years. Her artistic methods have advanced and diversified as she continued her education and developed her own personal style and adaption to the gratifying practice of painting with oils. Brenda painted with a brush for many years, but in 2008 she was introduced to palette knife techniques. This was a life-changing experience for her. She was inspired by the texture and purity of color that the palette knife process produced -- many of her paintings reflect this unique style.

She enjoys painting outdoors in Charleston's historic district as well as by the marshes and waterways surrounding the city, taking advantage of the area’s coastal sunlight. Her art studio provides workspace for setting up a still life or experimenting with oil paint and palette knife.
Brenda Orcutt
Brenda is always seeking to further her artistic education through workshops, retreats, inspirational travels, and inventive time in her studio. She enjoys assisting businesses looking for artwork and giving back through community service programs.
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Gallery Representation:
Recent Exhibitions, Events, and Honors:
  • Outdoor painting course, Great Smoky Mnts., Arrowmont School of Arts, Nov. 2016
  • Old Santee Canal Fine Art Show, Honorable Mention for “Off Boneyard Beach”, Sept. 2016
  • Large Works, training with master artist William Jameson, March 2015
  • Postcards from Charleston, miniature paintings show, Edward Dare Gallery, Charleston, SC, Dec. 2014
  • Developed and Conducted Palette Knife Technique Workshops in Greater Charleston Area, 2014
  • Ongoing studies with Susan Sarback, American Impressionist and founder of The School of Color and Light, Fair Oaks, CA, 2014
  •  Plein Air Convention and Expo, Monterey, CA, April 2013
  • Featured Artist at Edward Dare Gallery, Charleston SC, May 1-31, 2013. “Palette Knife Impressions – Sea Island Landscapes”
  •  Third Place, Old Santee Canal Park Fine Arts Exhibition, August 2013
  •  Oil Painters of America, Annual Paint Out 2011 and 2013, Charleston, SC
  •  American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition Volunteer, October 2013
  • Visual Arts Feature Profile - Art Mag Spring 2013
  • Gibbes Museum of Art and Roper Hospital Lending Collection Collaboration
  • "Bountiful" accepted into ArtFields southeastern visual arts festival, April 2013
  • “Sailing Through Life With Art” Exhibition, Charleston County Main Library, Sept 2012
  • Starlight Pop Exhibition, Patriot’s Point, April 2012
  • "Of Interest" and Honorable Mention Merit Awards in 2012 art shows
  • Artist Brenda Orcutt has been featured in Charleston Scene of the Post and Courier February 2012
  • Featured Artist at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, March 1-31, 2012. "Palette Knife Impressions - Gardens and Florals"
  • 15th Anniversary Charleston Heart Ball, American Heart Association and First Federal Bank silent auction, January 2012
  • White Ribbon Award (third place), Charleston Artist Guild Signature Show, Charleston Visitors Center, January 2011
Community Service Work Through The Arts Includes:
  • Boys and Girls Club, Summer Art Program
  • Extraordinary Arts Competition, exhibition of special education students’ art
  • The High School Artistic Merit Awards Competition
  • Pattison’s Academy, handicapped children summer painting program
  • Charleston Community Sailing, High School Sail Program, live auction of original oil painitng

*Orcutt Fine Art reproductions are available through the giclée process. Collectors have a choice of sizes and whether to print on paper or canvas, have the item framed or not, or have the print done on canvas with a gallery wrap. Please refer to the Archives/Reproductions section on the Paintings Page of this site. Contact the artist for inquiries Click here for more info on giclées

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The Artist

What can you tell about an artist by looking at her work? A review of painter Brenda Orcutt’s most recent creations reveals a great deal about this tenacious artist’s life and passions.

Depictions of Charleston across the watery expanse of its harbor -- lowcountry flora and fauna in all their glory -- wild flowers or bouquets that convey a sense of peace and solitude. Each composition reflects the beauty the artist sees in the world around her and invites the viewer to step back from life’s frenetic pace and journey with her.

Brenda Orcutt’s personal journey as an artist began in her childhood. Her father enrolled in art school on the GI Bill after serving in the Navy. “Although he provided for our family through other means, he never stopped creating,” Orcutt recalls. Fond childhood memories of discussing her father’s works helped spur an early interest in art. “I loved those talks and will always treasure his poems and artwork.”

As a child, Orcutt began taking classes in ceramics and decoupage, afterward photography and painting classes. She was later employed as a decorative artist specializing in hand-painted glassware.

Orcutt went on to study oil painting under Joyce Hall at The Studio and trained with other instructors to further develop her drawing, painting and composition skills. She later advanced her palette knife techniques with international artist James Pratt and continued this work with Susan Sarback, who owns and operates the School of Light and Color in California.

During this period, Orcutt had several important experiences that would move her toward a full-time career as a painter. In an effort to broaden her artistic work, she joined local guilds that continue to provide her with opportunities for community outreach through the arts, and a way to give back and help others. She also joined a few other artists in opening Els Quatre Gats of Charleston Gallery of Original Art in 2006. She has since started her own business, Orcutt Fine Art, which is expanding through her acceptance of private and corporate commissions and has served to further her reputation as an accomplished painter.

Orcutt uses oil paint as her medium, and while skilled in both brush and palette knife, she has been painting almost exclusively with a knife since 2010. She was deeply inspired by the richness and contemporary feel the technique produced. “I’ve always loved the drama of the thickly applied paint, the texture, the pureness of the colors. The response from people who view the work has been very positive.”

The result is artwork richly rendered, with a fresh and exciting feel. The effort and diligence is obvious in Orcutt’s paintings. But one can also sense the importance she places on the vitality that comes through. The knife lets her use paint strokes to show spontaneity and movement in her work. She paints quickly, alla prima, allowing texture and bold color to be seen without perfecting form. Her goal is not to reproduce a landscape or still life with precision. Instead, she wants to translate the creative concepts she has into an artistic image.

The lowcountry has long been favored with artists who produce capable renditions of the natural landscape and Charleston scenes. “My goal is to develop new visions of time-honored subjects, and how I use the palette knife is what gets me there.”

Collectors of her paintings mention the energy her art brings to them, saying it touches their spirit, or makes them smile.

“I am committed to pursuing my art over the long haul. I have plans to continue participating in solo and group shows, exhibit in galleries and do community service work through the arts.”

Charleston has developed a strong reputation as an emerging art destination. Brenda Orcutt has become an artist to watch in this exciting, developing scene!