Brenda studied fine art at Falmouth School of Art and then came to London to do Postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy Painting School. After graduating she was encouraged to try for election to the Royal Watercolour Society and successfully became, at the time, the youngest ever elected member.
Brenda has taught part-time in adult education for many years alongside practising her own work, and later bringing up her three children. She enjoys working with student artists of all ages, helping them to develop skills and a curiosity to explore the ways they see the world. She is always drawing, particularly people, but also likes riding her bike, going to galleries and finding things out.