21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2016 | Brooke Borcherding


Brooke Borcherding, Belmont Street Revisited, oil, 20 x 40.

Brooke Borcherding, Belmont Street Revisited, oil, 20 x 40.

Art Education: Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Oregon, and also studying and observing my plein-air painting peers.

Style: Deconstructive and en plein air.

Creative Spark: When I’m walking or driving, my brain just sees a painting and locks in. I look for design and composition with dynamic angles that add depth.

Second-Choice Career: Something that would involve people and the outdoors.

Other Passions: Nature runs, pinball, biking, climbing, and singing.

Best Advice Received: From my dad, who said, “Just go out and paint a masterpiece. The rest will follow.”

Biggest Fear: Getting myself into a project that I either don’t want to finish or don’t enjoy the process of creating.

Pet Peeve: When someone asks me, “What are you painting?” Also, cleaning up. I’m a mess and unorganized.

Quirkiest Trait: I can be a bouncing goofball with tons of energy.

Favorite Studio Music: Electro swing, indie pop, or other folk music I can harmonize to.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: I love works by my fellow plein-air artists but I also have Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, and Chuck Close in the back of my head.

Future Goals: To work with software engineers as well as digital and installation artists to make a three-dimensional installation of one of my paintings.

Price Range: $225 to $2,400.

Representation: White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR; American Art Company, Tacoma, WA; Jessup Cellars Gallery, Yountville, CA; Casco Bay Artisans, Portland, ME; Tsuga Fine Art, Bothell, WA; Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA.

Featured in the September 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2016 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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