The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.
- Alberto Giacometti
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Most of my paintings are done in plein air, or outdoors. While the studio is nice and quiet, I love the vibration of life when outside. I use the palette knife more often than the brush. While these two elements can make the work challenging and sometimes a bit frustrating, I am most often in pure joy when painting. It is my abiding wish that what I paint will bring a smile to your face as well.
I was born in 1963 in Elyria, Oh. From there I moved to Erie, PA. I went into the United States Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist in 1982 and was stationed in England. I lived by two castles; Orford Castle and Framlingham Castle. After my tour of duty ended, I settled down in Maryland. Shortly after arriving, I became a Deputy Sheriff for Prince Georges County, MD. After an injury, I was able to retire in 1997 and became a full time stay at home mom.
In school, I was an art major with interests in Greek mythology. I was able to travel to Greece while in the military and visit places I had only dreamed of. At a young age, I was stealing my mom’s paper plates and drawing on them. I would watch my grandmother dry flowers and became fascinated with their beauty and how long they lasted. This became my niche, flowers. I love painting big, bold and beautiful flowers. My artistic career was halted for a while due to the career path I took in addition to being a mom which didn’t leave much time for any extras such as painting. Now that I am retired and the children are grown, I have a lot of time to relax and create. I use acrylics. My paint goes on thick and I don’t use water. After all the paint is on the canvas, I go back and use archival black ink for fine detail. I use a lot of pointillism and lines.
I convey my love for the unseen colors and large happy paintings. I want to make you smile with bright colors and bold black crisp lines, my style is serious yet with a cartoonish style.
I have always loved Picasso and his freedom to be himself. This made me see life in a different light not like anybody else. To see color where there was none. To see lines and shapes and textures only I could process. To just be me and paint how I see it. I have become known in the local art community for my bold colorful style. During the last few years, I have flourished as an artist and defined my style. I have finally come into my own.
Jeweler William Johns had the opportunity a few years ago to travel abroad to countries such as South Africa, Cairo and Nepal. He feels that the positive energy in those places is what inspired him to start making necklaces and bracelets. His jewelry line is called “Beaded Soul”, and he uses a lot of wood beads and stones to give off that positive energy. William Johns resides in Baltimore, Maryland.
Brina's art education was at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Teaching art to students at The Krieger Schechter Day School occupied her for more than thirty years. Here is where she combined her love of teaching, while still following her passion for painting. Her recent retirement has given her the time and mental space to focus on her own art.
Brina paints in both pastel and oil and works both in plein air as well as in the studio. Her inspiration comes from experiencing ordinary places in extraordinary light. All of the variances in nature contribute to the challenge and excitement in working outside. Responding to the fluctuating landscape is what makes painting magic for Brina.
I love the push and pull of oil paint as the medium spreads out over a canvas or panel, whether by brush, palette knife or other tool. We’re making marks here.
A major portion of my work is completed in plein air. I want to capture an experience or sensation of the environment in my work. And, I would like to invite the viewer to join me on this journey. These plein air paintings are done alla prima, completed in one session in order to achieve a fresh and harmonious representation of light. With each new subject approached en plein air I strive to interpret the effects of light, air, and emotions evoked by the subject. And, I often return to
"Hot Hay Day"
the same subject in different light at different times of the year for a new session.
I am a firm believer in Charles Movalli's "painterly painter" philosophy asking the viewer to engage the image and help complete the picture. Translating the elements of light, space and color onto a surface makes the painting process both challenging and exciting. Whether painting a landscape, an interior, or a still life, I strive to express the integrity of my personal approach, as I witness the moment and changing conditions of my surroundings.
Studio work becomes a sincere meditation on the subject of paint, color harmony, composition and all those assorted elements that make up a carefully conceived approach. These paintings may take weeks, sometimes months to conceive and execute. In the end, the studio paintings have a more finished quality about them than the sketches completed plein air. However, they lack some of the spontaneity of plein air work. On occasion a plein air sketch may serve as the foundation for a studio painting.
I spent 40 years as a television news producer, the last 20 for Associated Press Television in Washington, DC. During my television career I carved out time to paint in the studio as often as possible, joining the ranks of plein air painters in 2011. I live in Baltimore, Maryland, with my wife, Joyce, a practicing poet, and our Golden Retriever, Maggie.
"The Lone Loon at Sunset"
My main concentration in art for the last few years has been on realistic plein air oil paintings of the Delmarva peninsula landscapes. I like to portray the open spaces and quietness of the landscape in its many forms and weather conditions. I want the view to feel a sense of peace and beauty when one looks at my paintings.
I have been described as a "high key" painter, who uses bright colors to express her art.
Regular visits to state and federal parks in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia give inspiration. I only refer to photographs when the weather is too rainy or windy to be able to work outside. When it is too cold outside I will work in my van. I also take part in many local Plein Air paint outs held in the spring,
summer and fall. I belong to several Plein Air groups and paint regularly with the Chesapeake Plein Air painters, Chestertown Plein Air artists, Sunshine Painters of Wilmington, Urban Sketchers Delaware and the Art Academy Museum of Plein Air Painters.
Studying the masters and taking regular art workshops from a variety of professionals helps to improve my work. Previously known for my watercolors and painted tile murals, I know work in oil on canvas covered birch boards or aluminum panels. I take my painting equipment into woods, fields or river banks to get the best view. I have made several cigar box pochade boxes for extra light weight use, and continually investigate new and unusual equipment to be used for the painting trek. I'm always thinking outside the "Plein Air" box.