Brenda Atwood Pinardi has died

“Art of the human condition is the most important to me.” – Brenda Atwood Pinardi

Boston artist Brenda Atwood Pinardi, who taught art at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, for more than three decades, died Aug. 21, after a battle with cancer. She was born in 1941. “In numerous images,” her good friend, the critic Francine Koslow Miller writes, “hauntingly beautiful mermaids float in cerulean seas, often surrounded by shimmering fish and framed by hundreds of meticulously glued-down sea shells.”

Pictured: Two details from “Beyond the Triangle,” a 14-foot-wide faux quilt inspired by travels to Bermuda that she made with Candace Walters in 2009 and ’10.

2 Responses to “Brenda Atwood Pinardi has died”

  1. lou suSi says:

    Brenda taught me how to paint — how to find poetry on the canvas and make the surface an extension of our inner lives. She obviously swam in Surrealistic joy through her own work. She truly touched all of our hearts, her students, her children.

  2. Hi,
    my name is Rodney Maraist, I live at 5 Chestnut St., in Wareham, MA, email:

    Brenda was a tremendous life inspiration and a source of unsurpassed confidence in my life as an artist. She was perhaps the most important person in influencing me in my dedication to art. Brenda believed in me like no one else. Once, she told me, as I can best recall, so the weren’t her exact words, but as close as i can remember, “rodney, I rarely tell this to students, but, I think you have what it takes to really make it as a painter/artist. What I think is that you should finish college, then pack up, move to new york, and starve for a while, because I think that you can really make it.” Wow, I have carried those words with me all of my life since. Brenda was brilliant, she believed in me, encouraged me and inspired me. I hoped to someday really make it as an artist, and then contact her to thank her for teaching me with such passion. Unfortunately, I did not take her advice, much to my regret, because my father would not allow, and thought the idea rediculous.
    Brenda was a very sweet woman with tremenous talent. I think of her everytime that i draw, sketch, or paint. The world is certainly amiss without her to inspire and teach. I wish that I would have tried to contact her earlier, before she died. She is a great loss to the world of art and education. I am very saddened at this news.
    Brenda, thank you for all of your dedication to art and art students. You were, and still are one of the biggest inspirations of my entire life.
    with love,
    rodney maraist
    I will miss you