Regional Artists - Brenda Riggins

Ocean Isle Beach

Brenda Riggins

acrylic, watercolor

Brenda grew up with grandmothers who worked with their hands for survival. They quilted, sewed, crocheted, knitted, and made biscuits and butter. It’s just in her history to pick up on doing things with her hands and being creative. In her early 20s she discovered a paint brush and has never put it down. She is a self-taught artist and after several years of painting began teaching classes to beginner and intermediate students in all mediums.

After 20 years she retired from teaching to focus on watercolor. Most of her experience in watercolor is in portraits with many workshops from national and international teachers. She is also working in acrylics again to capture scenes of some of the surrounding coastal areas.

Brenda has done many commission pieces and especially enjoys fun and playful watercolor portraits with soft colors. She loves sharing her art and prefers painting from photos she takes of people and places. She feels she is a perpetual learner and if it involves a brush and some paint, all the better.

Brenda’s watercolors have shown in many state and national shows. She has received awards throughout the southeast. She moved to Ocean Isle Beach in April of 2020 where she and her husband have owned a house for 25 years. Brenda currently serves as a workshop coordinator for the Waterway Art Association and was a co-chair for the Waterway Art 30th Annual Art Show of 2021.