Brenda Schwartz-Yeager lives in Wrangell, Alaska. She is known for her unique watercolor images captured on navigational charts and is well known throughout Alaska.
Brenda has spent her life working and painting on the coast of Alaska. She is one of Southeast Alaska’s most well-known and admired artists known for accurately capturing favorite and secret hidden locations along Alaska waterways. Her images have left their impression on her community and throughout the state.
As a marine artist, Brenda draws her experience from nature. A fourth generation Alaskan, she paints those things she knows best—the sea. “The ocean has always been a large part of my life. Raised commercial fishing, I was always in awe of the scenery around me and aware of how fortunate I was to be a part of it.”
Painting and sketching have been a mainstay in Brenda’s life for as long as she can remember. Brenda is also a commercial fisherman and is the owner/operator of Alaska Charters and Adventures, an adventure tour company that explores the very bays and inlets that are represented in her work.
Brenda’s maritime art is included in many corporate, private, and museum collections throughout the world. She has created images for such projects as a commemorative stamp, a variety of book covers, sea murals, and commemorative work for the Alaska Marine Highway designation as a National Scenic Byway. She has painted using maritime charts of almost every location in Alaska. Her signature pieces are those with the fishing boats that she grew up with; she is known for her paintings of quaint waterfronts featuring commercial, coast guard, and Alaska Marine Highway vessels, as well as lighthouses from around the region. She has also done commissions for many private and commercial clients over the years.
Brenda can usually be found on the back deck of a boat or on the beach painting and sketching, fine-tuning her craft every year. She travels throughout the Pacific Northwest painting on her studio vessel and meeting those who wish to know more about this artist who captures Alaska in such a unique way.
Brenda is a wife, mother of five, skipper of her own charter boat, and a commercial fisherman. All these facets help add charm and personality, as well as technical accuracy to each piece of artwork Brenda creates.