Today we’d like to introduce you to Micki Brown.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Basically, I grew up outside of Boston, in Norwood, Massachusetts. During high school, I was extremely fortunate to have a great art teacher, Mrs. Monroe. I came to the table with some raw talent, but her discipline and exacting standards had me working overtime. She was the kind of teacher that you didn’t speak back to and would never dare disappoint. I did what she said and I learned a lot. Eventually, she became the lynchpin that secured multiple art school scholarships for me. Honestly, as far as my art career goes, I owe her everything.
After graduating with a BFA from University of Michigan, I moved to San Francisco and worked in advertising. (Fun Fact: My very first client was Apple, pre-iPhone days). I eventually became an Art Director, got a Super Bowl commercial under my belt, and won some design awards. But working in advertising, exclusively with technology clients, became creatively stifling. My husband and I decided to trade in the long hours and long commutes for something simpler. We moved to San Diego about ten years ago. Here, we’ve found the space we’d been hoping for and we’ve been able to explore some of our passions. He swims and I paint. If we are not neck-deep in water or watercolor, you can find us in the kitchen cooking up something interesting. It’s not a bad life.
Please tell us about your art.
My recent work has been an exercise in editing. I’m pushing myself to maximize whatever needs to be removed, released, or resisted.
In the blueprint series, I am working monochromatically and architecting voids. There are specific lapses in the flow and a welcomed dead space. The paintings literally depend on the audience to ‘fill in the blanks’ and create closure. I am essentially hoping to make a space for a collective experience instead of needlessly connecting all the dots.
What advice do you have for artist who are struggling?
My advice is to always show up. There is something about persistence that gives way to opportunity. Of course, there is no guarantee that opportunity will meet you in every place that you appear. However, over time you will inevitably skew the odds in your favor and create surprising things. If not you, then who? You must insist that it be you…always!
Do your best to haunt every open studio, artist talk, gallery opening, workshop, free museum tour, etc. Listen to the words of Brené Brown and refuse to manufacture your own smallness.
Lastly, and I hope this goes without saying, show up for your own art. Show up and make something. Then show up online and show it to the world. Promoting your own work has never been easier or more accessible. The worst thing an artist can do is keep their work to themselves. Get your work, and yourself, out there.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work is currently on display at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, CA. I am also showing my recent watercolor paintings this May at Carlsbad/Oceanside Art League in Carlsbad, CA. All other exhibitions and displays for 2018 will be announced on my Instagram account @mickibrown. You can also connect me directly through my website www.mickibrown.com for information regarding commissioned work or buying art directly.
- Website: www.mickibrown.com
- Instagram: mickibrown
All images are provided exclusively by Micki Brown.