About the Artist

It always starts with a sketch.
It always starts with a sketch.

Brenden Sanborn is a renowned, award-winning artist whose gift for intertwining vibrant color, exquisite detail and sensuous motion has gained him international acclaim. His passion for evoking emotion and tantalizing the human spirit through artistic expression is evident in his infatuating paintings.

Brenden’s work has been shown in several national art shows, galleries and charity auction events. Media features include a front page story about the artist and his work in Innewsweekly in 2004, The Portland Phoenix in 2004 and an interview on The Content Wrangler in 2008. His work is displayed in private collections internationally, including USA, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, England, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Egypt, Belgium  and Switzerland. Brenden sells his paintings, prints and cards and accepts commissions on this website and has a presence on Esty and Art Finder.

Solo Shows:

  • 2013 – Water and Light, Romaine Brooks Gallery, Albany, New York
  • 2004 – Shy Voyeurism, Styxx Portland, Maine
  • 2003 – MaineStreet, Ogunquit, Maine

Group Shows:

Charity Auctions:

  • 2017 – ArtErotica, Octopus Club 
  • 2016 – I’m from Driftwood, The LGBTQ Story Archive6th Annual BBQ
  • 2014- Hole in the Wall Theater, “The Boys in the Band” Auction
  • 2013 – Hear My Song, Honolulu’s Gay Men’s Chorus Auction
  • 2013 – Southern Maine AIDS 5K Run/Walk for AIDS! Auction, Frannie Peabody Center
  • 2013 – Crescendo!, Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Auction
  • 2013 – Jimmy Fund Auction, Super Stop & Shop
  • 2011 – 100th Anniversary Auction, JCC of the North Shore
  • 2011 – Skateboard Art Silent Auction, Maine Skate Initiative
  • 2011 – Frannie Peabody Foundation AIDS Walk
  • 2011 – Play with your Food Silent Auction, JCC of the North Shore
  • 2009 – Multiple Sclerosis Society – Maine Chapter
  • 2005, 2006, 2007 – Aids Response Seacoast
  • 2005 – Make a Wish Foundation

Please visit my Giving Back page for more info.


  • Member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America
  • Marc

    I own a number of Brenden’s originals, each quite different from the next, and love each and every one of them. He is an amazing guy with an equally amazing talent. I’m looking forward to the wedding piece I’m having commissioned for friends, they’re going to love it.

  • Laurie A. Couture

    Brenden is a dynamic artist- I love his explosive use of color, which seems to grace his subjects with honor and reverence. Whether his subject is a male nude, a leaf or a concept, Brenden’s ability to convey a new dimension of his subjects and his abstract concepts is refreshing, like a splash of electricity!

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