We had the good fortune of connecting with Carrie Dietz Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carrie, what makes you happy? Why?
Happiness is a pretty exciting thing to try and figure out. Surrounding myself with interesting people and art and music has always been my go to. I think facing the darkness and suffering head on and cultivating fortitude also really illuminate the happiness in the normalcy of everyday life. That’s what a lot of my work is about.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I work in watercolors mainly. My work focuses on maintaining a sense of the past while living in the present. It has at times been about cultivating and practicing but currently is about processing a space/resting place going from accessible to private. There’s definitely a more literal figurative style to my most recent paintings. But they still put an emphasis on the power of community, friendship, and happiness.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Pat Dietz-owner of dietz brothers music.
Mark McDermott- easy reader historian and ultimate conversationalist.
Any song written by David Berman.
Mary Oliver .
Dylan’s Maggie’s Farm.
Neil young’s Journey Through The Past
Every painting done by Agnes Martin.