We had the good fortune of connecting with Brenna Butler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brenna, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Living a life dedicated to your passion involves taking risks; and frankly it would be boring without it. I believe risk taking is truly important for growth. Without the boldness and courage to challenge the “norms,” we would never open new ways of thinking and living. Risk taking can look like many things; like trying a new style or voicing your uncensored opinion. For me, risk looks a lot different depending on which career I am working in. In my professional design job risk taking is a little harder; but it has not held me back from challenging outdated processes, sharing potential upcoming challenges, and even choosing the rigor of launching a brand over working for an established one. Now I won’t lie and say that taking risks always works out well – sometimes it’s a seed that’s planted that blossoms later; but no matter the outcome there is always growth. In my private art career, I have more freedom in taking risks with the type of art I create and put out into the world. I love to live life boldly and let my art flow unencumbered by what the feedback may be. I have heard the confusion, the quietness of someone’s voice as they look a piece, and it makes them uncomfortable, or they disagree with the message – and that’s okay! I am proud of these moments because I opened a new way of thinking in someone. Being uncomfortable is a good thing, and how we continue to grow. Be bold, take risks, and watch as the world shifts into something new.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Having studied design and fine art my style meshes both. My work blends traditional painting techniques with the minimal approach of clean design. Focusing on the female form, plants, and clean lines, my work is innately feminine, fertile, delicate, and minimal. Free to follow where creativity strikes, I often switch mediums. With my design background some pieces are better represented through digital art, while others take a more traditional fine art approach of painting, but sometimes I mixed the two to create something new; like my paintings on unstretched canvas that I then sew on, giving the piece extra texture. Although my execution often looks different the themes that run through my pieces are all similar. There is no end in sight to my work or one final direction/form. As I continue to grow and move through life so does my work. Concepts change and styles evolve with me. This can make it hard to fit into a “genre” of art and style, but without the freedom to execute the creative ideas in the best form, you limit the work itself. Focusing on the final message and result guides my process in creating and developing works of art. The biggest lesson I have learned along the way is to not compare yourself to others and to define your own success. Each artist is uniquely different and there are many forms of “success.” It doesn’t matter about Instagram likes or gallery viewings; if you are happy with the work you create and consider yourself successful, you have succeeded. I found my success when I couldn’t finish a piece before someone wanted to purchase it. I don’t have a room of finished pieces, but my art did find amazing homes with people who truly resonate with the work. I define success as someone feeling something from my work, it’s even better when they want it in their home. How do you define success?
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Beach, beach, and more beach Margaritas + tacos in Santa Monica at Mercado or Nueva Art day at the Getty Center on the top of the hill Hiking – literally anywhere Drive with the windows down and music up down PCH Thrifting on Melrose, the Valley, and Palos Verdes Farmers markets, Rose Bowl Flea Market, Melrose Trading Post Live music shows at Hotel Café, Sayers, the Viper Room – everywhere and anywhere I can see my friends on stage and dance the night away After parties in the Hollywood Hills or The Skipper Room where the jams never end Happy Hour Drink, dance, make art and music with my friends and family at the Skipper Room Repeat. Repeat. Repeat
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, is my family. They have supported me as I followed my passions and challenged me in times where growth was necessary; and for this I am forever grateful. I have blossomed into a self-sufficient, artistic woman who lives based on what feels good. Without the foundation of unconditional love cultivated in our home, moving through the challenges of the world would have been fearful and lonesome. I am forever grateful for their support as I chose an artistic career and continue to live in ways that are a little different than “normal.” Next is my rock, my king, and my future. My fiancé, Oscar Bugarin, is one of the most loving, supportive, and encouraging persons I know. He celebrates my small victories, encourages me to take the road less traveled, and loves me no matter what. There is nothing but love and support as we both find our way in the world living a life dedicated to art and music. I am forever grateful that in this life I have a man who loves my creativity, is my muse, and lives how I want to live – sometimes more boldly than I do! To round it out, I also have found an amazing tribe of creatives that I get to see daily in our shared home and live less traditionally than most. Eleven of us; musicians, artists, and creatives, live amicably in a beautiful home where creation and dreaming are endless. Each one of us support one another, fill each other’s cups when they are low, and celebrate our successes. I have the greatest love and admiration for everyone in my life, and sometimes cannot believe this truly is the life I get to live.