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En Plein Air Techniques with Brienne Brown

Brienne on location

From a very young age, Brienne Brown showed talent in art and music, but wanted to pursue a career in the sciences. She started her education at the University of Utah as a double major (Art and Chemistry), eventually receiving a BS in Chemistry and finishing with a Master’s degree in 2004.

After graduation, Brienne worked in a Toxicology lab. Though she painted some by taking an occasional class, as the years wore on, she realised she wanted more art in her life than a career in science would allow. She was surprised and delighted to find great fulfillment in painting.

After leaving her job as a toxicologist to raise her first child in 2008, Brienne had the opportunity to paint more consistently – prioritizing painting and taking workshops from artists she admired paid off. Soon she was not only exhibiting and entering shows regularly, but also winning awards.

Brienne holds signature membership status for the National Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and Utah Watercolor Society.

Since 2015, Brienne has been an invited faculty member at the annual Plein Air Convention. Also, every year, she participates in several national juried plein air events and has been invited to prestigious events such as the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air and Door County Invitational events. She is a highly sought after workshop instructor, teaching all over the country.

“I find beauty in everyday life, the so called ‘mundane’. Ordinary people going about their everyday lives inspire me. I especially enjoy painting en plein air, where each painting reminds me of where I was, of the experiences I had, the sounds, smells, and the people I met. As I try and capture the essence of a scene, my paintings are always more about a moment in time than about a particular location. I enjoy sharing how I see the world.”

“Two of my passions in life are watercolor and plein air painting, or painting on location. So, when I get to teach how to improve painting watercolor en plein air, I couldn’t be happier.”

Watch Brienne’s tutorial here:

You can contact Brienne about her artwork here.  

To watch Brienne’s original episode on Colour In Your Life, click here.

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