Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Sostrom.
Hi Brian, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I grew up in small rural towns in the Pacific Northwest. My father was an engineer for the National Forest Service and we frequently relocated for his work. All of my finest memories revolve around the tranquility of nature and the peace and solitude that I found there. My father has always painted, at least since I’ve been around. I would watch him working on his homemade easel wishing I could do the same. When I was 9 years old, my parents purchased a hobby set of acrylic paints for me and I was never far from them. When I went to college at Washington State University, I experimented with all types of mediums and began learning about computer generated art and design.
Digital art was an interesting pursuit and kept me afloat financially for a few years. My passion was and remains physical painting. Acrylics have lured me back with their ever-expanding catalog of hues and mediums. For the past 16 plus years I have experimented with many materials in addition to acrylic paints. I keep changing the way I work by trying to create art that is not only beautiful but also visually unique. It is a task that is exceedingly difficult but one of the most important mantras I have.
I participate in solo shows and group shows throughout the United States. I sell and ship art worldwide.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Being a visual artist is a challenging pursuit. Trying to get my work noticed has taken many years. Being a Fine Artist is also famously a difficult way to make a living, there are always bills to pay. Social media eventually helped me accomplish both goals but it is something I work at every day.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I paint with acrylic paints, predominantly landscapes. I don’t generally like labels but tend to think of my work as emotional landscape/dreamscape imagery. The subject is fairly traditional but the pursuit of beauty and something truly visually unique is always driving me and pushing me. I think of my work as an unusual language of abstracted marks and colors that combine to tell a story.
Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
I love solitary time in the studio, a day without schedule just me and a lot of paint. I always have something coming out of the speakers, a wide variety of music, audiobooks and podcasts. I love Audible and have had a subscription for more than 20 years. Somehow all these sounds do not distract my visual focus. When I am painting it is always best to get into a meditative groove and these sounds somehow help.
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Trina Gadsden (portrait of me) I personally took all the art photographs