Mary’s Girl, 20 x 14 inches, watercolor on paper.
magnificent purples swirling around her, the subject emanates
an enviable solidity.
The beauty of the coastal landscape is another defining fea-ture.
Recent pieces like “Sound Passage,” a commissioned scene
featuring the Heide Trask Drawbridge over the languidly flow-ing
Intracoastal Waterway, and “Ann’s Boat,” showcasing a small
white vessel floating atop a richly colored and vibrantly kinetic
water scene, respond to the lushness and peace that can be
found in this beachside community.
Brown speaks glowingly about the North Carolina artists she
has known and studied with through the years. Among these
formative instructors are Jack Berkman, who encouraged Brown
to study and appreciate the works of historical artists and whose
papers reside at UNCW along with Brown’s own thesis project;
Alex Powers, one of her earliest teachers with whom she studied
plein air; Dan Essig of Asheville, whose art books she describes
as “the most gorgeous things you have ever seen in your life;”
and Charles Reid, who Brown explains is a colorist who had a
substantial influence on her own devotion to color.
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