American Artist/ Painter Brooke Wandall
My paintings were recently featured in the film, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby!
What are your main inspirations in art? My inspirations are mainly the impressionists like Mary Cassatt, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, in the 19th cent. then in the 20th cent. I love Joan Mitchell, Grandma Moses, Helen Frankenthaler, Cy Twombly, Jackson Pollock. One of my Favorite artists of all time is Joan Eardley. Her landscapes inspire me to no end.
What is your art background? (education, experience, etc)
I graduated from Tunkhannock High School in 2000, mainly indulging in art, then graduated from Marywood University in 2007 with a BFA and the Saint Luke Medal for Excellence in Art, I have been selling art since 2008 online and teaching a course on awakening your inner muse, I had my first solo show in Scranton at Artworks in 2013 May, I had my art recognized by the film producer of the Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.
What is your process for creating your work?
I try to work as often as possible. Being consistent and working toward your goals as if this was an on the clock job is important to me because I want my work to be consistent and good. I usually paint well when I am enthused and empowered so meditation, affirmations, exercising are all great for me when it comes to creating. I also have done some good artwork when I was angry. Things get kind of messy and expressive. My art definitely stems from my emotions and moods.
What is the single most important thing you want to communicate with your work?
A sense of familiarity of a place or a feeling that actually doesn’t exist but is translated by me.
What are your career goals?]
I want to be a respected and successful artist.
What one object has been the most instrumental in helping you achieve
what you have so far?
My home, this is where I live and create.
Tell me three random things about you.
I vacuum too much, i like to cook at home and I love my kids more than anything.
When I work, I become a completely different person. Maybe I have multiple personalities but when painting, all the chaos in life fades.. I can focus when otherwise focusing is a chore. I haven’t gotten to where I want to be with my work but I’m starting to develop a consistent way of creating marks and colors and compositions that increasingly make more sense to me. I love creating these abstracts. I’ve been finding such unique ways to call a painting my own: scraping, digging, pushing, letting the paint drip and experimenting with different mediums (some that dry fast and some slower).
A painting is its’ own experience held together as a series by similar paint marks and colors. I’m in love with the process. I love moving the medium around especially house paint. It covers quickly and moves with ease. Oils are great for surprising patches of color. Reworking and making a a painting come together is a joy. I don’t have a plan in mind when I am painting. It usually finds me as long as I am open to it.
I live outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania with my two beautiful children.
I would like like to give sincere thanks to Brooke Wadell for sharing her art works with KIRSTEINFINEART in today’s art feature.
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