Artist Biography

Brenda Myers Cohen has been a practicing artist for more than four decades. She is most noted for her award-winning colorful watercolors, large-scale mural paintings and dynamic collages. She studied advertising art at Youngstown State University and remains active in the Youngstown area artist community.

Her work has been featured at various Ohio venues including Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown) and its Trumbull branch, Columbus Museum of Art, McDonough Museum of Art (Youngstown), the Ohio Watercolor Society, YWCA Women Artists Show (Youngstown), Riffe Gallery (Columbus), Trumbull Art Gallery (Warren), Jewish Community Center Gallery (Youngstown), Old North Church (Canfield), Youngstown Playhouse and Youngstown State University Festival of the Arts. Her work has also been shown at the Hoyt Regional Juried Exhibition at the Hoyt Art Center in New Castle, Pennsylvania.

Active in many artist organizations, Brenda mentors younger artists and currently teaches watercolor classes, conducts painting workshops and provides technique demos in northeastern Ohio.

Brenda is active in various artist associations including Butler Institute of American Art, Mahoning Valley Watercolor Society, YWCA Women Artists Committee (Youngstown) and Trumbull Area Artists.

Artist Statement

When I was a child, my secret wish was that someday someone would call me an artist and that it would be true. I've worked in diverse media, but nothing beats the elusive magic of watercolor. When colors collide and chase each other around that beautiful sheet of white paper -- when yellow turns pink to peach, and blue and brown become black, and even stranger colors emerge -- well, if you paint watercolor, you known what I mean.

I'm grateful for the artists I meet along the way who share ideas, inspire, advise and encourage. I paint, and I teach, but I am still learning -- and I am always so very excited to paint my next subject, whether it be a person, a flower, a puppy, a tree or an interesting clump of snow."

-- Brenda Myers Cohen

Awards & Honors

2014 YWCA Women Artists Show: People's Choice Award

"Floral in Blue Vase"

2015 YWCA Women Artists Show: Suzanne Cenelli Watercolor Award



2016 YWCA Women Artists Show: Watercolor Award

"Woods at Night"

2018 YWCA Women Artists Show: Mahoning Valley Watercolor Society Award

"Olivia and Friends"