History About Award-winning artist, illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, forensic artist retired , owner of Drawspace. Born in St. By using illustrations in books as reference material, Brenda taught herself how to draw. At age 17, after graduating from high school and a one-year commercial art course, she was employed as a layout artist and copywriter in the advertising department of a business in St.
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History About Award-winning artist, illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, forensic artist retired , owner of Drawspace. Born in St. By using illustrations in books as reference material, Brenda taught herself how to draw.
At age 17, after graduating from high school and a one-year commercial art course, she was employed as a layout artist and copywriter in the advertising department of a business in St. In , Brenda left her well established career as a portraitist, graphic designer, and forensic artist, to move to Nova Scotia with her family.
As an Art Educator Brenda has developed art curricula and taught graphite and colored pencil drawing classes since Numerous teaching positions provided her with opportunities to teach drawing techniques to students of all age groups.
Her students studied realism, surrealism, and fantasy in graphite, technical pen, colored pencil, chalk pastel, and charcoal. By , she had expanded her teaching portfolio to include painting classes. In , she chose to channel her 18 years of teaching experience into writing lessons for her art education website. In , Brenda retired from her twenty-five year career as a forensic artist to expand her writing career into authoring educational drawing books. Today, drawspace. Search engines love us — drawspace.
Jeff is the mastermind who has made all this happen without ever spending a penny on advertising. To celebrate its tenth anniversary in , Drawspace launched a brand-new website. The website is constantly updated with new lessons and books and modernized to incorporate the latest multi-media technology. Drawspace Publishing is a Canadian company created by Brenda Hoddinott in to manage Drawspace art-related publications. She was presented with a commendation for her contribution to criminal identification departments.
In Brenda re-established her forensic art career in Nova Scotia. She has contributed her forensic art skills to several criminal investigation departments across Nova Scotia, including all provincial detachments of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, municipal police departments, Department of National Defense, and other federal and private investigative agencies.
She was first qualified and recognized as an expert in her field by the Supreme Court of Canada in and has provided testimony as an expert witness in all levels of Canadian courts, as a result of her many successful drawings. Through this organization, Brenda accessed many articles and educational resources to further enhance her forensic art skills. She also learned cognitive interview techniques and adapted them to her specific needs in working with victims of, and witnesses to crimes.
In , Brenda began the application process to become a full member of Forensic Artists International. She met all the requirements and standards of their by-laws, demonstrated satisfactory evidence of educational and artistic competence and was awarded a Certificate of Membership in Other female members of this organization included forensic artists, Jeanne Boylan and Karen T.
She completed more than composite drawings resulting in hundreds of successful identification matches. Brenda and her partner, John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their blended family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Share this:.
Brenda Hoddinott Brenda Hoddinott Self-educated, award-winning artist; illustrator; art educator; curriculum designer; forensic artist retired ; co-owner of Drawspace. Brief Bio Born in St. With the help of illustrations in books, she developed good drawing skills by the age of In , Brenda left her well established career as a portraitist, graphic designer, and forensic artist, to move to Nova Scotia with her family. In , Brenda began exhibiting her paintings and drawings in provincial, regional, and international art exhibitions and competitions, and was honored with numerous awards.