hello, dear friend. my name is brooke.
i've been making art for the last fifteen years.
my paintings are a proclamation of hope. there is hope in this life. hope for goodness and kindness, for beauty and connection. there is a much greater hope, the ultimate hope, in my friend jesus. he died and then overcame death, making nothing in this life worthy of fear. i place my hope in him and know peace in him. my work is a celebration of all this hope.
my paintings are a hymn of motherhood. three little people call me “mama” and they are the biggest piece of my world. motherhood is a rich trove of both beauty and challenge. i find myself constantly digging through both and striving to come out the other side as a better human.
i see both a text story and a color story in the moments of my life. my art explores the ways the two stories can come together and build on one another. by putting my brush to the page, i am letting loose the words that are too often unsaid and the beauty of the small things that are so commonly overlooked.
acrylic paint on wood panel and collage with painted paper are my media of choice.
i had the privilege of a few gallery showings and awards in the early 2000s. and then, while my babes were all babes, i took a long break from both selling and showing. in those years, my home and my personal instagram account became my canvas.
in may of 2019, i had “a moment” while visiting an art museum with my sister. there were two particular exhibits that tugged at my artist-heartstrings and wouldn’t let me go. as i walked away, all i could think was, “why have i not been painting?” and “who am i to so casually set aside this gift that god has given me?” he has given me JOY in creating and i don’t want to ignore that gift any longer. so here i am. loving every minute that i am privileged to grasp a paintbrush.
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sometimes happiness is at the end of a paintbrush!