Brenda Schodt – Southwestern Painter
A graduate of Arizona State University, artist Brenda Schodt found inspiration in the surrounding scenery and felt prompted to paint glass ornaments with Southwestern images and designs. Although originally she only used them as personal gifts for family and friends, Ms. Schodt eventually decided to expand her horizons and offer them to the public, a decision that led her to found the business Delicate Designs in 1997. A decade later, Brenda Schodt renamed the company Southwest Ornaments, LLC. Under this name, she continues to offer a diverse range of ornaments hand painted with Arizona landscapes, hummingbirds, and other Southwestern designs.
In addition to painting ornaments, Brenda Schodt uses her artistic skill for a variety of purposes, including creating paintings on flagstones and sandstone slabs for special occasions, such as anniversaries and weddings. Her pieces have appeared in the Tempe Festival of the Arts, the Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts, and other juried art shows. She has also painted murals in a number of locations across Arizona, including one at the Tempe Police Department's Traffic Bureau.