Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Brown.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
When I became a single mother in my early 20’s I put my photography on the back burner. When my boys became older I was able to start investing in my art again. They inspired me to continue to go after my dream of having my own photography business. As I dove further in to making it a second career I realized I never should have stopped shooting and investing in me. I’ve always loved creating, whether it was ceramics, painting, film or photography it fills me with joy and peace. There is something romantic and magical to be in a dark room developing film. Watching your image appear before your eyes on paper always gave me a little thrill of, “yeah I captured it or time to re-shoot!” I didn’t have the money to go to the art Institute of Chicago or San Francisco so I found other ways to learn.
As I continue to grow in my skills I am thankful for the mentors and professionals that have encouraged and supported the process. I’m a big advocate of community over competition. What I’ve gained over the years is to continue making steps towards your goals. One day you will far exceed them. Photography has always been an outlet for me. I love bringing joy to others through an image. Everyday is a brand new day to learn and push oneself to greater knowledge and experience. I’m Excited to continue this journey and meet other professionals along the way.
Please tell us about your art.
I shoot what I see. When it comes to my art I like taking on a different perspective that could be missed by everyday “busy” rush around to the next thing. It’s funny I don’t set out to evoke emotion in my images but recently have been told when people look at my fine art it draws them in and brings them joy. We all have such different views and come from different walks of life. When I shoot I look for the moments that I would miss if I was rushing around dropping a kid off at school, sports or meeting friends. I would love for others to be able to put themselves in the image and smile. Life can be demanding so when you look at a piece of art I want it to reflect all the beauty life has to offer. I want people to know that life is amazing and short, let’s enjoy it while we can.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I’m a big advocate for community over competition. When you take a chance to put yourself out there it can be rewarding in ways you never imagined. Join different social groups with the same interest and you will find likeminded artists where you can take steps to build a network and community.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work is displayed at the Boathouse Collective restaurant located in Costa Mesa, Ca. I periodically do local shows in southern California. You can find and purchase my work from Best Framing in Costa Mesa, Ca. Currently working on collections to one day show in local galleries. If you are looking to purchase a fine art piece from any one of my collections contact Melissa@mat3photo.com
- Website: mat3photo.com
- Phone: 949-887-3913
- Email: Melissa@mat3photo.com
- Instagram: mat3.photography
Melissa Brown | @mat3photography