I am fortunate enough to be able to create the art that I want to be creating.
Name, Location, Professional Title, Employer
My name is Brandy Masch and I am a full time contemporary Canadian artist residing in Kelowna, BC.
What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
I really enjoy gardening, I love digging and playing in the earth and watching plants grow, I find it very relaxing. Whenever I get the time, I also enjoy hiking, camping and exploring. I love to observe the landscape around me. I'm usually that person that falls behind and stops to watch and look at everything, flipping over rocks, scanning the earth for little bits of life. I remember as a child, living on the west coast looking for crabs under rocks, exploring tide pools and ponds, holding frogs and catching tadpoles, exploring the landscape around me. I’ve always been very curious and I find that I’m still pretty much like that today.
Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
I don’t really have a hard time, generating work that I am proud of, I am fortunate enough to be able to create the art that I want to be creating. What I do have a hard time with is the work/life balance thing. I tend to focus a little too much on my art and not enough time on other things. I’m getting better with this though.
What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
I’m definitely more creative in the mornings; I’m well rested, refreshed and excited for the possibilities of what the new day holds. My mind is firing on all cylinders, Thoughts of the day and what to tackle next. Once I get to my studio at the Rotary Center for the Arts I find that’s when my creative and productive side really kicks in. I’m in my environment with all my canvases, papers, brushes, paints and the smells of the studio, all coming together making me not want to be anywhere else. I immerse myself in my painting while listening to my favorite podcasts or music.
What are your creative goals for the future?
I will continue to paint for my galleries: The Mayberry Fine Art gallery in Toronto and the Ian tan gallery in Vancouver. I will be applying for some grants in the future. I have a series of work that I’ve been thinking about for the past few years that I want to see come to fruition. I would also like to explore some art residency. I would like to traveling around the world to add to my knowledge and understanding of different environments and cultures. I would also love to eventually create some illustrations for wine and or beer labels.
Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
I will have my first solo show at the Mayberry Fine Art gallery in Toronto Canada in the spring of 2019, so my main focus has been on creating new works for that show. The theme for the exhibition will be an aquatic series of work.
Most of my inspirations come from nature, issues on biodiversity, urban development and human impact on the environment.
My process usually starts off by me deciding on a dominate animal that I want to create a world around. I will research the animal and its habitat. This process tends to spark different ideas and inspirations, which results in many pages of writing, mind mapping and rough thumbnail sketches. I then take the information that I’ve gathered and start by directly working onto the canvas. Even though I have a sketch or an idea in place, I still allow for my paintings to grow and evolve organically.
What scares you?
My biggest fears I would have to say are losing the people I love and speaking in public. Other people might say I’m scared of the phone and the doorbell. When I get into a groove painting, I can‘t just stop to answer it. I have to keep going.
What does success mean to you?
For me success is the ability to do what I love doing for a living. It’s about achieving my own personal goals that I’ve set for myself, by planning and having the steps in place to achieve and making them into reality.
Why do you create?
I've always created as far back as I can remember. When I was a little girl I would make things out of old clothes, socks became dresses for dolls, cardboard for furniture I used anything I could get my hands on to build and create things. As I got older I was inspired by my high school art teacher who encouraged and supported my passion and artistic skills. She even funded me out of her own pocket, just so I could attend an overnight class field trip to Emily Carr School of art and Design in Vancouver. She gave me the opportunity to see the possibilities I never knew existed.
When I stepped foot into Emily Carr I instantly knew that this would be the university that I would attended one day for my Degree. And I did! I have always had a passion for art, creating, developing, inventing, exploring. I think it’s just something that has always been a part of my internal wiring.
Anything else you want to add?
I'm very thankful and blesed every day to have so many wonderful and amazing people in my life who’ve always been there to given me their support and encouragement. Thank you for being a part of my journey!
If you would like to see more of Brandy's amazing work, head over to www.brandymasch.com.