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?

Hmmmm good question! Definitely LACMA and the Getty. The Self realization fellowship on PCH. The museum of Jurassic technology in Culver City.
I love eating at union station in DTLA, especially at Fat and Flour pie stand.  Thyme on ocean drive is great for lunch and also incredible caramel pie. I love going to nurseries all over LA, my favorite one right now is Sunflower Farms in Gardena. Eating cake at Torrance bakery and going  to the tide pools at Portuguese Bend is fun. Driving up to Zuma beach. Going to Dietz Bros. Music in Manhattan Beach and then walking to Two Guns down the street and checking out the art at Suite6. Trying to get tickets to see some good bands play. Drinking beer out of bags on the beach. Hiking in tapanga canyon. Everyday in la is incredible.

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.

Website: Carriedietzbrown@gmail.com
Instagram: @cdietzbrown

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