My family moved to Brevard County in 1962 when I was 6 months old. My Dad worked at the Kennedy Space Center on the Apollo Missions. It was a very heroic and exciting time to be a kid growing up around Astronauts and beautiful beaches. In 1973 we began the gypsy life of the engineering trade and moved every 2 to 4 years. We went to Knoxville, TN, Jacksonville, FL and New Orleans, LA.
In 1980 I graduated from Martin County High School in Stuart, Florida. I began my own life as a college gypsy at Indian River Community College for 2 years. I completed all of the requirements and headed for Art School. I spent an amazing year in Louisville, Kentucky at Louisville School of Fine Art. My heart was broken when the school closed its doors forever and I had to move again. I moved back down to Florida and attended Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota. During my first year I met a very cute 27 year old man named Ron Bolding and by my third year at Ringling we were married.
Brenda Ellison Bolding:
Shortly after our first daughter, Ashley, was born, we moved back to Brevard County. My parents, sister, brother and their families also had found their way back to this paradise as well. After our second daughter, Tayler, was born, Ron and I took a huge leap of faith and opened our business, Mattress Barn. Our daughters both graduated from Merritt Island High School and both graduated from Florida Colleges. Ashley received as AS from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and her BS from Lynn University in Boca Raton majoring in Communication/Broadcast Journalism. Tayler received a BFA from Rollins College in May 2010, majoring in Studio/Fine Art.
With an established business and two grown children living their own journeys
Empty nesting set in!!!!!!!
Over the years numerous art related jobs and projects honed my skills. Reliving the magic of childhood through the eyes of my daughters, their friends, nieces and nephews, fueled my imagination. At 47 years old, its time to
return to my passion and reestablish myself in the art community.
My journey continues