Artist Love: Amanda Brown

Y'all (just let me pretend I'm from the South for a minute), I haven't done an 'Artist Love' post since May of last year. That's shameful.

BUT, I am so excited to share one of my favourites with you today! I've had Amanda Brown's work in my favourites folder for a long time and was so thrilled when she agreed to let me interview her and share her work. And, she's offering my readers a discount!

Amanda runs an Etsy shop called Brown Bear Studio. She creates beautiful watercolour works, and has a series called 'the small things series', which I adore. I almost became an ophthalmologist before switching to new media, so I love art that combines some element of science. But she explains it all much better than I can, so onto the interview!

The Winter Circle

How did you come up with the name for your studio? How long has it been open? 
I started my studio when I moved to New York City a little over 2 years ago. It was sort of tongue and cheek because I didn't even have a desk to work on let alone a whole studio. The name came from my nickname Brown Bear, which I chose over my actual name which is so common.
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Most of the prints in your shop are watercolour. What do you love/hate about using that medium?
People often see watercolor as this prim and pretty medium, but to me watercolor is wild. It goes where it wants to go creating depth and shadow where it pleases. You can guide it a bit but watercolor is the boss. Thats why I love it. I let it do its magic, help it along the way and then go back in and sort of bring order to the chaos.
What gave you the idea for your small things series? What made you want to paint microscopic forms?
When I started college, my major was biology. After an assignment which my teacher instructed us to do something original, not a paper or a research project. I made a painting of the mitosis of a plant cell. My professor actually bought it from me and I decided to change my major to art. I was more inspired by the aesthetics of them than their science, although the science inspires me too. In general my work is inspired by the macro and micro, and how they mirror each other.
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
My piece entitled "Nor'easter" was made when we were stuck inside during Hurricane Sandy. Unlike the downtown area of NYC, uptown was relatively unaffected, lucky for us, but we were still stuck inside with no place to go for a while. I was moved to make a piece inspired by weather patterns, since they were making such a big impact at that time.
What is your favourite item in your store?
What? How can I answer that? They are my babies! Ha ha ha. But really, I love all the work that is up there, that is the only way I would have to guts to show it to the world. It may not be perfect but it's my expression of what needs to be said.

Thankyou so much Amanda!! Love the story behind your 'small things series' - I adore the combination of art with science. And your comments about watercolour being wild are so true! It is a lovely medium, but you have to have such patience with it.

If you love her work as much as I do, you can check out  her Etsy shop. She also creates a free monthly calendar (here's April's) so be sure to check out her blog. You can also follow along on Facebook & Twitter for the latest updates.

Amanda has graciously offered my readers 10% off her work, just use the code GALLERY8 at checkout!
And let me know what you buy (or would like to buy) in the comments!