Interview with Artist Amy Brown
Welcome to the first Artist Interview on The Geek Post. We are honored to interview well-renowned artist Amy Brown. Amy has been painting fairies for almost 30 years and her many works possess a magical quality that we believe the world needs more of.
GeekPost: What first made you want to create your beautiful art?
Amy: I’ve always drawn, since I was small and learned to hold a crayon. Part of me assumed I’d become an artist when I grew up. Another part of me was planning on being a mermaid.
GeekPost: Aside from fairies, do you have another creature that you most like to draw or paint?
Amy: I enjoy most anything whimsical. I’ll put wings on just about anything. It’s become compulsive at this point.
GeekPost: What’s the best thing about being an artist?
Amy: I love being able to set my own schedule, not needing to dress for work, and being able to drop what I’m doing any time one of my kids needs me. But being able to create things that make people happy is at the top of the list.
GeekPost: When you’re in your creative process, do you have certain routines?
Amy: I stay flexible on times, but generally try to get in at least a few hours of painting 4-5 days a week. Business admin, kids, chores, etc take up a lot of time. I prefer to paint in the morning, but sometimes I sneak in some time after dinner if I have something on the table that I really want to finish. I typically have stacks of drawings waiting for paint and will often work on several pieces at a time, hopping back and forth between paintings.
GeekPost: What has been your favorite work of art so far?
Amy: I have painted A LOT of paintings, so that’s a hard question. I don’t really have a favorite. Sometimes I really like a piece for a while, but then I change my mind about it later on. I’m always moving forward, ready to work on the next piece.
GeekPost: What is your favorite medium?
Amy: I love watercolors. To an extent, watercolor does what it wants, which I find charming. I never know exactly what it will do, so every painting is a bit of a surprise. There are some exciting watercolor paints now that have granulating properties, or separating colors, which create interesting textures and effects. They’re so much fun to play with.
GeekPost: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not creating art?
Amy: I’m a gardener. I spend a lot of time in my yard. I enjoy designing gardens. I also love koi and goldfish, so I have a small pond in my backyard where I can sit and watch the fish.
GeekPost: Do you have any advice for a beginner artist?
Amy: It’s important to create as much as possible, try new things, see what clicks. Stay flexible and be willing to adapt. Find your audience. It can take a long time, so be patient.
GeekPost: Is there anything exciting coming up for you and your business?
Amy: I have a lot of irons in the fire. Mostly things that won’t be available for a while yet: new oracle decks, diamond art painting kits, hopefully some new figurines.
GeekPost: I see that you have a Patreon. What can you tell us about it?
Amy: I’ve tried to build my Patreon page to allow a look at how my paintings are created and I can interact with people on a more personal level. Members can ask me questions about technique, art supplies, art business. I post photos of my painting process weekly, so people can get a look at how my paintings evolve. My Patreon members also get advanced notice on new prints and projects I’m working on. I have a Patreon Print Club and members vote on the exclusive print each month. There’s also a “secret” shop section on my website for Patreon members where they get discounts, advanced access, sometimes exclusives. My patrons are really nice people and it feels like a little community.
GeekPost: Your subject matter appears to be mainly fantasy. Do you consider yourself a geek?
Amy: I’ve never really thought about it. I’ve always loved fantasy and sci-fi. Anything imaginative, unusual, whimsical.