Brenda Joyce (Liston) Blanchard of North Portland took her final breaths Saturday, July 16, 2016, surrounded by family and friends (including Bob Heath, Sharon Dunham and Lyn Kennison) after a long battle with rheumatoid arthritis and interstitial lung disease.
Brenda was a creative artist and working with glass as an art medium was her passion for over 30 years. Starting in 1983 with a class in stained glass, she discovered her love for glass art. In 1997, she ventured into the world of glass fusing. In 1998, she launched her own glass art business. Working with glass was a healing process for Brenda. Brenda’s art inspirations came from nature, for her nature scenes were both spiritually connecting and captivating. Her goal was to provide others with the same serenity that she felt during the creation process and the dragonfly was her signature artwork. In 2013, she became co-president of the Oregon Glass Guild.