The artistic visions of Carl Brenders reflect his respect for nature.
His precise and lively paintings capture the extreme realism of the birds,
mammals and habitats he depicts. Brenders paints every detail of his
wildlife images - feathers, hair, leaves or pine thorns - until, he says, "they
get into my skin".
Brenders was born near Antwerp, Belgium, and has drawn since childhood.
He studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Antwerp and later at Berchem.
He has produced wildlife illustrations for more than 20 books in a series
entitled "The Secret Life of Animals". Brenders has been included
in the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's prestigious "Birds in Art" show
regularly; he also exhibited in their 1987 "Wildlife in Art" show.
The wildlife images of Brenders' art are first created from pencil
sketches; from these sketches his mixed media paintings of watercolor
and gouache are completed with a technique he has developed during the
last 25 years. His paintings, which encompass every intricacy of nature,
devote equal attention to the detail of the wildlife subject and its
habitat as well as to the mood created by the light.
Brenders' art enjoys international acclaim. He is widely collected
in North America, in France, Spain, Holland and in his native Belgium.
Brenders combines his dreams, his senses, his imagination and his strict
attention to anatomical perfection to make his paintings. He says, "Nature
is already beautiful, already perfect. That is why I paint the way I
do with so much detail and so much realism - I want to capture that perfection."