A conversation with Brenda Swenson from “An Illustrated Journey”

Here’s the next interview with the contributors to my new book An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers

Brownwood, NC Brenda Swenson was dissuaded from being an artist time and again when she was growing up, but her passion ultimately won out. Now she is a professional artist, an author, and a teacher who leads fantastic sketchbook workshops, helping others discover and  believe in their talent.  And she loves to travel and fill her sketchbook with juicy watercolors.    Vernazza,-Italy-(Cinque-Terre)

Brenda shares a lot more in my book. Here’s an excerpt:

“One day I saw a billboard. Go to school to be a professional artist. Wow, I could be an artist! Right away I told by my step-mom. I know what I am going to be when I grow up. I am going to be an artist! I was abruptly told that’s much to difficult find something else. I was crushed.  The only thing in me that felt special wasn’t good enough. I was ten years old..…” (continued)

Please don’t forget to check out Brenda’s blog.



  1. Brenda Swenson

    Hi Danny!
    The response from the video has been wonderful!!! I have enjoyed communicating with people from all over the world. Once again thanks for selecting me and my artwork to be included in “An Illustrated Journey”. What a treat!


    • dannygregory

      I’m so honored you’re in the book and agreed to do an interview too. All the best, Brenda.

  2. Carol

    Brenda is such a lovely person with an inspiring story. I’ve enjoyed all of these interviews and this was no exception – can hardly wait to see who the next one is!

    • Brenda Swenson

      Carol, Thank you for the sweet comment! I’m delighted you’ve enjoyed the interviews. Danny has gone the extra mile to make this book unique on so many levels. Happy Sketching!

  3. Darlene K Campbell

    Brenda, Have been a fan of your work and I follow your blog. So delightful to meet you through this interview.
    Hey Danny, I think your dog should’ve been in all the interviews…I think maybe this is what he was trying to tell you. He’s darling.

    • Brenda Swenson

      Darlene, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate the feedback.
      I agree…Timmy has a career in the future!

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