Museum's Artist of the Month

Sandy Brown paints in unorthodox way to create spontaneous designs

By COLBY DENTON
Posted 6/13/18

Flowing colors and unpredictable images describe the work of the Museum Center at Five Points’ Artist of the Month for June, Sandy Brown.

A watercolor artist, Brown is a former teacher …

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Museum's Artist of the Month

Sandy Brown paints in unorthodox way to create spontaneous designs

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Flowing colors and unpredictable images describe the work of the Museum Center at Five Points’ Artist of the Month for June, Sandy Brown.

A watercolor artist, Brown is a former teacher from Chicago who now teaches courses at the Athens Arts Center. She said her and her husband moved to Tennessee after "shoveling one too many driveways" in their native Illinois, and living in Tennessee allows her more versatility to better focus on her work.

With a husband who collects vintage vinyl records, the couple often came to Tennessee before moving here to hunt for records.

“Little did I know that I would one day be living 15 minutes from the Lost Sea! We’ve come full circle, love the area and are here to stay,” Brown said.

Majoring in art at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and doing graduate work at Northern Illinois University, she uses water media as her artistic medium, as it allows her to paint spontaneously since water media “does its own thing.”

“I don’t work from a preconceived idea, and I love the uncertainty of it all. Some people like the predictability of knowing that oil-based or acrylic paint will stay in a certain place, but I like the opposite. I want to see what will happen once my paint hits the canvas!” she added. “I want people to look at my paintings in a different way and get a different feeling from it.”

She describes how a person could view one of her paintings of a tree done in her characteristic art style, and experience that visual in such a different way because of that style that it appears the tree is in an entirely new reality.

Brown’s mother always sketched when she was younger, so Brown grew up sketching. When she attended college, she picked up her first paintbrush and discovered that she didn’t appreciate the rigidity of oil and acrylic paints. Upon discovering the wonder of watercolor, she was immediately hooked.

When painting, Brown enjoys using varying canvases for her works, as rough and smooth canvases will craft entirely different resulting products.

“I hope that my art gets people to see with new eyes in a different way. I want them to see something that they have never seen before. For instance, I want them to see one of my paintings of a flower or a tree, and then see one in nature and view it with these new eyes and with freshness,” Brown said.

Believing that everyone is an artist, Brown said everyone has a creative element within them, and when she teaches her art classes, she shares how they can tap into that creative energy that they may not even be aware of.

She adds that since everyone in the world has a different set of memories and life experiences, that they will experience her art in a different and unique way each time.

“I use bold colors. Strong, contrasting values and I’ve been told that there’s a certain type of energy to my work. I hope that this gets people to glance at my work more than once!” she said.

Teaching at the Athens Arts Center, Brown will host classes on the last two Thursdays in July and August. She will also teach three additional classes for six weeks in October.

Painting every day is what Brown suggests for any aspiring artists who are interested in her type of work.

“Anyone can be taught a skill, but it only really comes with practice. You can’t just go to one lesson and be an expert. Feeling your art in a different way comes with finding out your personal style and who you are!” she said.

All of Brown’s watercolor art can be purchased at the Museum Center at Five Points for 10 percent off the original price for the month of June; it can also be purchased for regular price at Liz-Beth & Co. in Knoxville.

A member of the Tennessee Watercolor Society, Brown encourages anyone who is interested in joining to contact Helen Buston at 423-478-5262. Brown can be reached on her website at www.sandybrownart.com,  or on Facebook by searching for Sandy Brown Fine Art. The Athens Art Center can also be reached at 423-745-8781 in order to attend Brown’s courses.

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