|Bryan Briscoe Biography|
Bryan's art spans from representation to abstraction focusing on original nature and spirit topics. In his work you can find people and elements of nature, flora and fauna. He begins his work with a feeling, emotion or subject to elaborate.
Originally from the Chesapeake Bay of the eastern United States, he was born in San Diego California and moved around the country with his five siblings. Travel was common for him and his siblings because his dad serviced in the United State Navy until retirement.
Bryan had numerous sources of encouragement to pursue his artistic talent especially from his Mom and Dad. His High School art teacher, Mrs. Condran, also observed Bryan’s talent and urged him to enter the National Scholastic Art Contest in his sophomore year. He took her advice and placed finalist for his watercolor, “Snow Scene”. That same year Bryan also sold one of his first watercolor paintings, “Vase of Flowers”, to one of his Mom’s child care clients who noticed it on the wall.
During his junior and senior years, at Middletown Area High School, Bryan received two scholarships 1 to study printmaking and the other to study charcoal and pastel drawing. He studied Pastel and Charcoal drawing at York Academy of the Arts, (York Pennsylvania), and Printmaking at Harrisburg Community College, (Harrisburg Pennsylvania). Also during his final high school years he took a community watercolor class, in the Paxton Fire Station in Paxto PA., instructed by the late watercolor artist and community watercolor instructor, Mr. Petrasic. Mr. Petrasic helped to develop Bryan’s watercolor painting technical skills and use color mixing.
Just after “Reflections” was completed, Bryan left for the US Army. He spent three years in the US Army as a supply and motor pool clerk and additionally produced graphics and posters for his battalion. In order to fulfill his creative drive, Bryan created original paintings and handmade sculptural pottery at the Fort Lewis Arts & Crafts Center. He also volunteered as the theater artist, at Chinook Theatre for the Performing Arts, at North Fort Lewis. While freely volunteering his creative talents and skills he produced large stage-set scenes and acrylic paintings. He was later compensated for his artwork. One memorable play was “Three Bags Full”. Bryan also illustrated the “The Actors”, and a main scene for the post newspaper.
In 1982, his last year of Military Service, the work Bryan produced for the Chinook Theater of Performing Arts was purchased as part of their permanent collection. Earlier that year he entered into The All Army National Art contest and received 2nd place, at the national level, for his watercolor painting, “Alto Dale Farm”, (Farm in Maryland painted partially in his car on a rainy day). It is part of the All Army National Art Museum Collection, in Alexandria Virginia. And “Black Bird”, a large acrylic painting, was his first place award at the Fort Lewis level of competition.
After serving in the Army Bryan was greatly encouraged by his brother, Michael, to study commercial art and gain art foundation. He studied Illustration and Graphic Design at Massachusetts College of Art. During his junior and senior years he worked as a security guard, produced original graphics, illustrations and watercolor and acrylic paintings for businesses; not-for-profits and art for collectors.
When the northeastern job market caved in, Bryan moved to Sarasota Florida from Boston Massachusetts in search of employment so he could continue to support his creative career as a fine artist, graphic designer and an illustrator.
In the late 1990's Bryan moved to the Evergreen State of Washington where he taught a watercolor painting classes, encouraged by his Mother, friends and collectors. He also produced and exhibited his art.
By the early 2000’s Bryan produced, exhibited and sold watercolor modern-abstract paintings and in particular, the “Artist Inspiration” miniature watercolors, which came to fruition during his struggle with artist block and severe depression. “Artist Inspiration” was well received by the public because of the abstract-organic painterly quality he produced with color and space. In the work he fused his modern painting technique with his distinctive subconscious-driven aesthetic observations of nature and spirituality. In order to continue to develop and mature as an artist during his depression and artist block, Bryan strived to visually interpret his emotional attachment to nature and spirituality onto watercolor paper from his inner spirit into an immediate and deliberate spontaneous manner in paint and brush without reference to tangible visuals.
“I paint to interpret nature, people and all things that grow.”
In December of 2008 Bryan made the trek from Washington State back to the east coast, where his family had originated. He lives and produces art, eco-friendly garden spaces in the small town of Saranac, in the Northern Adirondack Park.
One Man Show
One Man Show
Friends of the Library Foundation, Group Art Show, at Hale Walter Gallery, Plattsburgh Library, Plattsburgh NY,
Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County,
Checker Hills Farm, Farmer Brown's Cafe, Group Show, Plattsburgh NY
Advocacy Resource Center, Artist for ARC Annual Group, Plattsburgh NY
Mountain Lake PBS Juried Art Auction
Recently sold fine art limited prints/original works:
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