In the Studio with
I’ve been interested in art for as long as I can remember. Although I never considered it as art. It was an outlet, it was just necessary. My first memories of wanting to create was going through my Dad’s sketch books from his youth. He had a surreal way of blending normal objects and morphing them into something else that captured my brain and made me want to make things appear from nothing. I started by trying to replicate his weird dreamlike drawings and cartoons then branching out into my own style and have just never been able to stop.
There is something in me that genuinely revels in the idea that someone can take a blank slate and make something out of it. Seeing my paintings or sketches become something is addictive… knowing that if i didn’t pick up the brush, that paper would stay white, stay void, and realizing i have the ability to make it into something more makes a sense of completion and contentment that quiets my loud and busy mind.
As an artist, what is your most important tool?
Having a Visual that inspires me. I love to find pictures or different things that speak to me and recreate them. I like seeing how my brain translates whatever picture into my version of it with my mental stain to it. Almost like some of the dark seeps through my brush from my brain into the painting. Making it less inside my head and more onto the canvas.
New paint brushes, Amazon prime music on volume 1000, pall malls, and copious amounts of crappy beer.
What is your least favorite part of your process?
It’s hard to say. I go through phases in each painting, of being really excited about it then to completely despising it. Getting ridiculously frustrated to the point I want to start over or throw it away. It would probably be the frustration/disgust phase. But it’s all a part of the process. Without it I’m sure I wouldn’t have the drive to make a better painting, to muscle through and make it better. So we will chalk the worst part to cleaning paint brushes… I’m notoriously awful about going through tons and tons of brushes…..
What is your favorite part?
Seeing the picture form. The details coming out, discovering the painting through the different stages and seeing it come to life.
2021 Winter Juried Exhibit
Brandy currently has work in our Winter Juried Exhibit – in fact, she was the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Click this link to see her artwork among many others in our virtual galleries.