Brenda Hash was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and studied at Louisiana State University where she received a Master’s Degree in Computer Science specializing in Computer Graphics. Her first career as a software engineer landed her in Houston, Texas where she worked for Shell Oil Company for nine years developing 3D visualization software, a field which combined her love of the visual with her interest in technology. This experience laid the foundation for Ms Hash to return to a pursuit of fine art after the birth of her first son. Her portraits and still lifes in pastel and oil reflect her engineering background, displaying her keen attention to detail while maintaining sensitivity in the way she portrays her subjects.
A recent commissioned portrait was unveiled at Baylor University and is an oil portrait of the late Dr. Gordon K. Teal, the namesake for Teal Residential College where it will hang in the building’s entry. Ms Hash’s paintings have received awards from the Portrait Society of America and the Pastel Society of America. Her work has hung in the National Arts Club in New York, the Salmagundi Club in New York, the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, and galleries around the greater Houston area. She was a juried participant in the Women Painting Women – Texas Exhibition and her work has been published in International Artist Magazine and The Art of the Portrait Journal.
Ms Hash is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (New York); a juried member of the Degas Pastel Society (New Orleans); a founding member of the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas (Houston); a member of the Portrait Society of America (International), the International Association of Pastel Societies (International), and Art League of Fort Bend (Rosenberg, Texas). Ms Hash teaches weekly adult art classes at the Gates Fine Art Center in Rosenberg, Texas.