On the Road to Grandma’s
Varnished Watercolor on Panel
12 x 24 in.
Available through The Mission Gallery, St. George, Utah
Impressions in Watercolor
Bringing the Everyday to Life
Brienne Brown is a plein air and studio painter working primarily in watercolor. Brienne loves traveling all over the US and painting landscapes, street scenes, and historic architecture. However, there are times when painting close to home brings the most joy. This painting is one such example. Living so close to the family farm has been a blessing for Brienne because she can paint there often and walk with her 3 boys to the farm to work and play. Brienne says, “Whenever I walk down this lane to the farm, my heart is filled with the happiness that only coming home can evoke. Watching my boys chase each other on the road to Grandma’s house, like in this moment, is something that symbolizes this ultimate joy. I only wish I could still keep up with them.”
Brienne has been drawing and painting for most of her life but had never considered pursuing a career as an artist until graduate school. While studying chemistry, Brienne’s research was so time-consuming that for the first time she couldn’t find time to create. Her unhappiness during this time made her realize that art was more than a hobby, it was a necessity. This was a valuable lesson. From that time on she has made art a priority in her life, and instead of trying to find the time; she started to make the time to paint.
Eleven years ago, she left her toxicology job to start raising a family and began painting more consistently. Soon she was not only exhibiting and entering shows regularly but also winning awards. Brienne has earned signature status in the National Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and Utah Watercolor Society. Brienne’s work has been published in Splash 17: Inspired Subjects, PleinAir Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, and Watercolor Artist Magazine. She has been invited as faculty for the Plein Air Convention every year since 2016. Also, Brienne has been invited to prestigious Invitational Plein Air events, like Forgotten Coast en Plein Air (2018 & 2019) and the Door County Invitational Event (2019).
Brienne’s passion is watercolor and plein air. She loves using the slightly controlled chaotic nature of watercolor in bringing the everyday to life. “I find beauty in everyday life, the so-called ‘mundane’. Ordinary people going about their everyday lives inspire me. I especially enjoy painting en plein air, where each painting reminds me of where I was, of the experiences I had, the sounds, smells, and the people I met. As I try and capture the essence of a scene, my paintings are always more about a moment in time than about a particular location. I enjoy sharing how I see the world.”