Brenda Doyle's education is deeply embedded with conceptual ideology. During her undergraduate years, Doyle was prohibited from pursuing the genre of realism. The year was 1981 and she was a mold-able, 19 year old, open to new ideas. She promptly embraced and aspired to excel at this contemporary dogma. Doyle became a proponent of conceptual art; abstraction, expressionism, minimalism and other modes of visual communication. But in doing so, she silenced a voice that would not be heard again for almost 20 years. She was ashamed of her fascination with realism. Occasionally, Doyle would attempt to teach herself realist techniques, but showed no one and never spoke of it. She began to feel that she did not fit in anywhere. The time she spent improving her craft became almost non-existent. For several years Doyle taught and even acquired a Master’s of Art Education but still found no evidence that realism had a stage in contemporary society. There seemed no path for her. Doyle began to study Buddhism. She thought perhaps, she could find an answer to her discontent. She spent a decade of fruitlessly attempting to become ‘a rich and famous’ artist. "After all, isn’t that why one goes to art school?" says Doyle. Buddhist practices taught her to transcend these superficial attachments and in 2005, Doyle let go of what she thought she was supposed to be. She now feels she has always been a realist.