Cecilia Brendel has been a classical portrait and landscape painter for over 15 years. As owner of Olde Masters Galleria in Centerville, Ohio, she strives to share her talents by offering regular oil painting classes and personalized instruction. From the beginning of her painting career, Brendel has had an ongoing Castles series that includes San Leo, San Marino, Lichtenstein, Neuschwanstein and Satzvey to name a few. She was honored when the family of the Werenwag Castle commissioned several paintings. Brendel is intrigued by the architecture and mystery of castles; this keeps her motivated to continue the series.
She often explores different regions for new series. A tour of the Southwest sparked paintings that were featured in a solo exhibition. She has created an Italian Window Box series, a California and Religious series to name a few. “I have always told my students to paint what motivates them, and this is exactly what I do,” she says. Her clients have included hotels in Europe, hospitals and other private clients worldwide.
Brendel’s paintings reflect her earlier technical illustrating career with oil painting and the combination is a mixture of detail and representational. Most recently, her love of fine details has inspired her to create a series of miniature paintings.
With the wonders of this world, whether it be spiritual or natural imagery, she loves to juxtapose thicker textured paint against the smooth, translucent areas or the bright, contemporary hues against the dark classics. She says, “My success is not with my inspiration but when someone has been inspired.”
Neuschwanstein Castle, oil on canvas, 24 x 30"
Lichtenstein Castle, oil on canvas, 20 x 16"
San Marino Castle, oil on canvas, 20 x 16"