We’re excited to introduce you to the always interesting and insightful Brandy Magill. We hope you’ll enjoy our conversation with Brandy below.
Alright, Brandy thanks for taking the time to share your stories and insights with us today. Can you share a story about the kindest thing someone has done for you and why it mattered so much or was so meaningful to you?
The creative field in South Florida can be difficult to navigate. There are so many artists who have similar works, techniques, styles, and esthetics. It is easy to feel overwhelmed about how to take your next step into being shown or represented. I have been lucky enough to have support from artists and gallerists who have guided me through some of this. People I respect have offered advice and have believed in my work to include me in exhibitions. This act can really help reinforce the decision to focus on my artwork and creative ventures.
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
Brandy Lynn Magill was born in Syracuse, NY, and raised in Chugiak, Alaska. She learned to paint at a very young age from her Grandmother and excelled best in music and art classes. Inspired to discover a bigger city, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida at age 20 allowing her to explore various artistic outlets. She studied fashion and quickly turned to fine art painting.
Brandy currently resides in South Florida where her studio is located. She is a mother to her son born in 2014. The strength it takes to be a parent/mother pushes her to grow and develop as an artist and in her yoga practice. Creating an environment where positivity thrives through color and creativity is very important in her daily life. You can see this application in her paintings and subjects.
I want to create an abstract world that is deep but also easy to digest. I think creating chaos can leave one feeling chaotic in your environment. Basquait is someone I truly admire because sometimes you can feel how powerful his artwork is but understand the dramas that he encountered. I try to keep the freeness of his style as my inspiration but feature more of a uplifting effect.
How can we best help foster a strong, supportive environment for artists and creatives?
Buy art! Stop buying artwork from target or bed, bath, and beyond. I know we all say it and all artists think it. Support the people who have taken their time to create one-of-a-kind artwork. The time it took for an artist to develop their art has taken time from their family, friends, and money out of their pocket. Let us give back to artists.
For you, what’s the most rewarding aspect of being creative?
Mental health is extremely important. I think when I create I am reminding myself of the world I want to craft around me. I am reminded that the feeling I get staring at the ocean is one I want to convey when someone stares at my artwork. I think being able to teleport myself when creating is beneficial to my mental health. I find pure happiness in creating something that will bring others happiness.