We had the good fortune of connecting with Brie Benson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I initially started my career as a hairstylist specializing in hair color. Working with with color on a clients hair was like working on a blank canvas, it was then that I discovered painting. Painting allows self expression with no boundaries, that’s what I love about it. Choosing a career in art has helped me emotionally, psychologically, and it has also helped shape the person that I am today.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been a hairstylist for 12 years now, starting my career in San Francisco and eventually relocating to Los Angeles. During that time I took up an interest in the local art scenes and taught myself to paint, it became a second passion of mine steadily taking over more and more of my day. In 2009 I had a tragic life event happen which led me to painting in my free time and help me cope with my what I was going through. I was able to paint and draw my emotions, rather than say it. In addition to being an outlet to release my emotions and personal experience, Pop culture, music and fashion have been a big influence in my paintings, and of course as you may have guessed: color palettes! When I was given the opportunity to join a group art show in San Francisco 2014 I sold a few portraits and it was then I knew this could be a future business.
One of the biggest challenges I had to overcome was knowing my self worth. Over the years I struggled with underselling myself and my work. I let too many of my emotions get in the way when it came to pricing my art. I knew that if I wanted to survive as an artist I needed gain confidence and understand the value of my work. With years of trial and error I was able to gain the knowledge I needed to become successful.
The biggest accomplishment I feel for myself is my consistency to continue to create weekly. I am proud that I’ve been able to achieve work life balance between being a hairstylist and a painter. Every year I have watched myself grow in both industries and I am more grateful than ever.
When people look at the vibrant colors in my portraits I want them to inspire a smile and evoke emotions of happiness. As I continue my journey in the art world I hope to reach more people on a deeper level from all over and explore the limits of my own imagination and creativity. Every day I learn and grow in my art and in my life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A perfect weekend for me would be a mixture of active and relaxing activities. I enjoy getting out to hike or go for a run by the beach in the early morning. If I had company visiting from out of town I would of course have to take them to the Getty! It’s a stunning part of LA and constantly has great rotating exhibits. For dinner, it’s a toss up but some of my favorite spots to frequent are El Compadre for flaming margaritas, L’Antico Pizzerria da Michele for wine and pasta, or possibly cha cha cha for rooftop cocktails. If we want to get wild I would have to go to Sound Nightclub for some late night dancing and the best underground music in LA. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t be where I am today in my artistic career without the support of my family and friends but mostly importantly my mom! My mom has been my rock throughout the years and has encouraged me to keep pushing for success and to never stop working for what I want in life.
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