Jamie Brown Isn't a Starving Artist

The current featured artist for Metro Pulse just wants to be able to enjoy her work.

Note: Brown's work will appear for six consecutive weeks starting with this issue in the Knox Triage section

What the biggest influence on your art?

There are so many... Right now, I feel inspired by the artist Cy Twombly, and there's a quote of his that I love. He said, "Each line is now the actual experience, with its own innate history. It does not illustrate—it is the sensation of its own realization."

How long have you been into art?

I always liked painting in high school and studied it in college. I've gone through periods where I haven't painted, but I've never ever thought of quitting and I never will.

Were you that kid who could draw really well in third grade?

No, I wouldn't say that I was ever recognized as really being gifted. I had a teacher in high school who taught us that talent was a four-letter word—we had to work at it. Her name was Rosie Pascal, and she was right. Some people are real gifted at realism, but I'm not one of them. But I can draw.

Do you have favorites among your works?

I do, and to tell you the truth, if I don't like something I frequently get rid of it, just paint over it and re-use the canvas. I'm trying not to do that as much anymore. One of my favorites is pink in the middle and green at the bottom and it has words in the middle.

Does it have a name?

No, I really don't have any titles for any of my paintings.

Are you a starving artist?

No. That's one thing about my art work, right now, I really don't have any aspirations other than to be able to express myself completely. I want to just be able to enjoy that.