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CHRIS BRANDELL | MEET THE ARTIST

Photo: Tasha Tolliver via Palette Home

CHRIS BRANDELL

FOUND OBJECTS OPENS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th and runs through the month!

Photo: Tasha Tolliver via Palette Home

GET TO KNOW CHRIS

Where did you grow up, and how did where you grew up influence your art?
New York and Virginia - I think these two places shaped me as an edgy but peaceful artist which ultimately is the way I paint

What do you hope your art brings to others?  
I hope it brings people the ability to expand in whatever way they need to - love, abundance, success - however it feeds them is what I hope for for my viewers

What other artists have influenced you the most?
Deceased:  Picasso and Bissier.  Living:  Hyunmee Lee, Gary Komarin, Nicolas Wilton

What do you enjoy most about creating?
The freedom to completely be myself in whatever way I show up to it

Who in your past or present inspires you to be better?
Shanna Lee - my friend and life coach

What was the best compliment you've gotten recently?
Nicolas Wilton told me that he really liked a painting of mine.  It is a piece is progress where I’m doing some risk taking with larger, bolder elements.

What job do you think you'd be really good at?
Construction manager

What did you think you would grow out of, but haven't?
My love of Lilly Pulitzer dresses

What is the best way to start your day?
Large coffee in the dark studio at 5am

What would be the most amazing adventure you'd like to go on?
4 weeks with my beau on a 62 foot boat touring in and around the bahamas and only docking for supplies or because we need a land break on a quiet island

What is something you will NEVER do again?
Eat Lima beans

What's your favorite drink?
Compari and soda with an orange twist or sweet tea

What stereotype do you totally live up to?
Coconut - hard on the outside, soft on the inside

What favorite song do you have completely memorized?
Star Spangled Banner

What is something you can never seem to finish?
A Game of Thrones (book) by George R. Martin

What do you consider to be your best "find"?
Facial Acupunture

What were some turning points in your life?
2017 I had a near fatal car accident that made me realize that all I wanted to do was paint full time; 2019 I sold my successful business to transition from part time to full time painting.

How different was your life one year ago?
One year ago I had not come to the realization that I needed to only focus on painting what I loved and stop painting what I thought everyone else loved. Identifying what I loved actually made my work so much better and so much easier.  Now I say, do what you love and forget the rest.  It works for everything!

Which of your scars has the best story behind it?
My right hip scars - 3 hip replacements because I ran the Nortel Cherry Blossom 10 miler on a broken hip bone that I thought was a pulled groin muscle

What book or author has impacted you the most?
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

What are some of your personal rules that you never break?
Never more than 3 shots of Patron in an hour

What do you regret not starting when you were younger?
Playing golf

When was the last time you changed your opinion about something major?
The presidential election.

What is something your friends say is "so you"?
My pink stripe in my red hair

What chance encounter changed your life forever?
I met my beau after a business meeting I wasn’t invited to.  We both felt an immediate spark but the timing was’t right due to other life circumstances.  It was two more years before we actually became friends and then romantic partners.

What risks are worth taking?
Anytime I can totally mess up a painting or portion of a painting that I love, it is worth doing it.  Something even better ALWAYS results.

Who has impressed you most with what they have accomplished?
My brother - deputy chief of fairfax county fire & rescue (the highest non-elected position you can rise to)

What challenging things are you working on lately?
Working on larger bolder elements in my paintings

What's the best thing you got from your mom or dad?
A fierce independence and drive to succeed

What is something you like to do the old fashioned way?
I loved to build, stretch and gesso my own canvas rather than buy it

When do you feel truly "alive"?
Painting or anytime I’m at the beach

What's the best thing that's happened to you last week?
My construction permit for my new home was approved

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Walk the full length of Marco Island Beach

What is something you've been meaning to try but haven't gotten around to it?
Sculpture

Thank you Chris, for giving us a glimpse into your creative world and for this exquisite collection!

Yellow & Blue on raw canvas | 48x36 | mixed media
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