21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2017: Larisa Brechun

Larisa Brechun

Larisa Brechun, Whitetail, oil, 6 x 6.

Larisa Brechun, Whitetail, oil, 6 x 6.

Art Education: Studied fine art and graphic design at the University of Alabama.

Style: Contemporary realism.

Creative Spark: Music was my first love, and it has always been my biggest inspiration. Both of my parents have a background in music, so I grew up surrounded by various instruments. Anything from romantic classical music to doom metal kick-starts my imagination.

Second-Choice Career: Meteorologist or storm chaser. Growing up in Alabama with its yearly bouts of severe weather and tornadoes led me to have a fascination and great respect for Mother Nature.

Other Passions: I enjoy spontaneous road trips, fishing, and long walks with my Boston terrier.

Best Advice Received: Paint every day. It isn’t always easy to do, but I have noticed that I see the most improvement in my work when I am able to really put those hours in behind the easel.

Biggest Fear: If it flies and has a stinger, I will scream and run away from it in an embarrassing manner.

Pet Peeve: There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to get into my studio when I really feel the urge to paint.

Favorite Studio Music: My studio music typically ranges from Black Sabbath to The Acid.

Future Goals: My goal is always the same: to continue improving my artistic abilities every day and to see where this journey takes me.

Price Range: $350 to $3,000.

Representation: www.larisabrechunart.com.

This story was featured in the September 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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