Art has preoccupied me since birth. It has been a vehicle for expression, entertainment, and communication. If born today, I would have been given drugs in lieu of crayon and paper to stay focused. I was blessed with supportive parents, teachers, and institutions.
Rembrandt, Van Gogh,and Matisse were my mentors. Expressionism is my favorite period. I was privileged to attend the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston which culminated with a MFA from East Texas State University.
I love to travel and work on location. It offers a unique opportunity to slow down and experience a place, as well as meeting hosts and fellow travelers. I have enjoyed both wilderness and urban settings. Each offers its own challenges. When I can not get out and at times of deep emotion, I have turned my focus inward creating "Psychic-scapes". Given the choice, I can never resist "D-all of the above” which brings us to my name.
Brianna, Brian. For some the “a” is silent. I identify as gender different. Living somewhere in the middle of the gender spectrum. Life is Good. Paint is Strong!
Working near the entrance of the Austin Children's Museum was a thing of pure joy. The kids wonder and excitement made me think of my own formative art experiences. Childhood is a time of realizing the power and magic of art. I was blessed by parents that encouraged my talents. How they found the time to recognize and support me, with seven other kids, has always left me grateful. This encouragement was reenforced by educators in elementary, jr. high, and high school. To this day I cannot type because Ms. Gerund (god bless her), at Johnston Junior High petitioned to allow me two semesters of freshman art. My birthdays were always filled with art supplies and books. I wanted to be an artist at an easel. That is what I saw in those kids eyes....mini me.