Meet Brooke Whitney Ellis of Ann Arbor, MI. Brooke is the talented artist behind Abstract & React, colorful abstract art creations with quotes meant to inspire. She adores painting and quotes, and more than anything she enjoys inspiring others with her work and sharing the quotes that have helped her. Brooke's formal education is in Architecture, with her Masters Degree in Architecture from University of Detroit Mercy, but she has managed to keep her art business growing because she loves it too much to let it go. How long have you been creating your artwork?
I really dove into abstract acrylic painting when I was 18, and after a year of dabbling and showing my work to curious friends I stared to have people offer to buy my artwork. This sparked the hope in me to one day truly be able to do what I love, if i could just get a good reputation for selling my artwork. While simultaneously pursuing my architecture career, I have been developing a great following for my art that inspires me everyday. I love the stories and people that have come into my life because I have decided to pursue my artwork. What makes your artwork unique or distinctive?
My biggest goal with my artwork is for all of my clientele to have a unique piece of art that will never be replicated. I'm against prints of my work for that reason, I love ensuring that they will be the only one to ever own their piece. The way I work with acrylic paint makes it difficult to replicate even if i tried, because I enjoy mixing my colors directly on the canvas and allowing drips to naturally happen, both bring out refreshing blends and details I really enjoy.
Do you have any notable awards or accomplishments?
I've been a featured artist in the Oakland Press and Troy-Somerset Gazette in 2012, when i started showing my work. I was also chosen to be the featured Artist on Patch.com for Rust Belt (Ferndale) in 2011.
What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
I was always torn between artist and veterinarian ever since 1st grade. I was a big animal lover with 3 cats, a dog, a rabbit, a bird and an aquarium...but then it hit me that seeing animals suffer everyday might not be as fun as my young self had anticipated. My art always felts so rewarding when people truly enjoyed it. It came so natural to me, I can't imagine liking anything more. With the need for stability in income I swayed into architecture and was pleasantly surprised how creative the field could be and how my artwork actually opened so many doors in the field. At the end of the day I thoroughly enjoy art and architecture and am a full time architectural designer with my art business on the side. Quotes you love or live by:
Ha! So many!
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass it's about learning how to dance in the rain."
Most recently I live by this quote more than ever. My boyfriend is currently fighting a very aggressive cancer that has returned after being in remission. It makes us both realize how precious every day is and no matter what troubles you it is so important to make the most of however many days we have given. My quotes are to inspire others and keep people motivated.. I make my artwork for people going through times like these.
You can see much more of Brooke's inspirational artwork at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun & interesting info about Brooke all week!
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