Brenda Finne’s inspiration flies from all corners of the neighborhood; a dusty old theater, a crumbled piece of paper, a paintbrush waiting to be dipped in color.

It began with the discovery of modern dance at age 7.   The dance/theater world became her home as a performer, choreographer & director for 30 years.

Never giving up, no matter what the challenges were, she persevered; 

-At age 15, studying on a dance scholarship at the University of Vermont she needed a sailor costume but had no $.  Befriending the cafeteria cook she was given a dishtowel.  She cut it into a sailor’s collar, drew stars and designs with a black marker, pinned it to her leotard and behold, she became a sailor!

-Bartered with musicians by baking them bread;

-Never having a desk of her own, when she was 19 living in Boston, she found a crate with a lid – this became her first desk.  A suitcase was her dining room table.


It is the joy of the treasure hunt that gets her up every morning;

-Conversations on the train during the commute brings the missing piece to a poem.

-A corrugated box found at the day job becomes the perfect back-drop for an art piece.

-A gold envelope from her boss’s mail is added to a painting.

Brenda adapts her keen sense of movement and words to various art mediums. Incorporating her experience in the theater into tangible designs and storytelling has developed her ability to see the poetry in the human experience.



July 2016, “Forty Fridas”, Jingletown Art Studios, Oakland, CA
June 2016, “First Wednesday”, Walnut Creek, CA
Jan 2016, “The colors of my life”, Gift-Jeremy Sandler, Boston, Mass.
Oct 2015, “Art & Wine Event”, Walnut Creek, CA
June 2015, “In A Hurry”,  Seeing Red Exhibit, Village Art Theater, Danville, CA
Jan 2012, “You & Me = Oui”, Gift-Lori Morrison, Philadelphia, PA
Nov 2011, “Old Friend”, Commission-Marilyn Straka, San Francisco, CA
Oct 2010, “Anniversary”, Commission, Barry & Lori Morrison, Philadelphia, PA
Dec 2009, 2 Commissions – Ravi Kalaga, San Francisco, CA
Dec 2009, Craft Fair, San Francisco, CA
Dec 2008, Commission – Marilyn Straka, San Francisco, CA
April 2008 Commission – Shari Glago, San Francisco, CA
Nov 2005, Gallery Show, Ketchum, ID
Dec 2004, Group Show, Brickhouse Cafe, San Francisco, CA


Nov 2017, Published; Dig Deep Literary Magazine Vol. 1
Nov 2013, Published Shoe Garden & Other Shoe Stories
May 2009, Quotable Cards, New York, NY
2000-2005 AXIS Dance Company, Interviews-Newsletters, Oakland, CA

Videos, produced-animator & voiceover

Shoe Banter; “When Shoes Can Fly”, 2013
Shoe Banter; “Tender Toenails”, 2013
Shoe Banter; “Shoe Garden”, 2013
Shoe Banter; “Free Spirit”, 2013
Shoe Banter; “Pointy”, 2013
Shoe Banter; “Flip Flops”, 2013
Shoe Banter; “Cleats”, 2013

Commercial art business

2006-2014, Shoe Banter; Co-Founder

A series of art-writing-video collections utilizing shoes as a metaphor for life.


Ohio State University, BFA Dance

Tesia Blackburn, San Francisco, CA
Patsy Taylor, Walnut Creek, CA
Joyce Fishman, Indio, CA

Kerry Muir, The Writing Salon, Berkeley, CA
Cecil Moochnek, Berkely, CA
Ruth Gendler, Berkeley, CA

Voice One Studio, San Francisco, CA