We'd like to introduce the artist behind our latest apparel line, The Tumbleweed Series. Her name is Morgan Brown and we are HUGE fans of her work!
We recently sat down with Morgan and asked her a few questions about herself, her artwork and what makes her tick. We hope you enjoy learning a little more about where our designs come from and the journey they take before ending up on Trxstle gear and apparel. Morgan did an incredible job on these pieces and we can't wait to get her help on more original designs in the near future!
The 2019 Tumbleweed Series is coming soon!
Do you have a favorite artist or art style?
I really love a style that combines the graphic with a traditional style. Artists that really make me think of this are Ed Anderson, from the fishing community, and Duke Beardsley, from the western community. I really admire Ed Anderson's work because he takes these traditional subjects that historically have been painted in a very specific way and then creates these vibrant, loose, controlled mess pieces that even when he paints have a graphic quality. Duke Beardsley really breaks down his subjects into their most simple parts, like print-makers and graphic designers often do, but then still uses oil and acrylic paints. I am fascinated by how simple a lot of his works are but still give you so much to look at.
What are the best things about being an artist?
That it's an extra way to express yourself and show people who you are. Also, being able to bring attention to things that are important to you. It's a way to show off the things that you
love and hope that it inspires other people to care about those things too. I love seeing stories of artist that donate work to be auctioned to raise money for a good cause. It can make such an
impact in those areas. I think as an artist you have so much you can contribute and I love having that ability. Also, just being able to see progress and growth so readily. I can see my process
transform even within one piece. I have always loved learning and art is one of those things that, no matter what, there is always more to learn; styles, subject, and media to try.
What are the hardest things about being an artist?
Often the openness. Artist block is a real thing and sometimes you're just out of ideas. I know for me whenever I take time to get back outside it immediately gives me inspiration. But in the middle of a busy week, or when you live in the parts of Wyoming where the wind blows 70mph sustained and you can't stand if you go outside in the winter, it gets hard. But when typical
inspiration fails, it's just up to you to try something completely new out of your comfort zone to get things moving again!
Let's say you were a type of food, which type would you be?
Lasagna, lots of layers to me!
Besides Trxstle, who's your dream client?
I don't know that I have an exact dream client other than you! But I have always wanted to work with a lodge of some sort to create pieces. Whether its graphic work or paintings, it would
be awesome to make pieces for their lodge and customers. Get to go stay at the lodge to really experience the feel, and then create a piece that really encompasses what it's about. Just
getting to experience immersion to make something even more special.
How many friendships have you ruined because you refused to play a game of Monopoly
Honestly too many to count! I've only ever lost one game of monopoly so tension is high!
What people or things inspire your artwork?
Mostly nature! Even living in Georgia when I was younger, my parents always made it a point of getting us out of the city and into the mountains or to the coast. So many of my fondest memories as a child revolve around the outdoors. And then moving to Wyoming, which has an extreme abundance of outdoor recreation and wildlife, nature just really became a major part of my life and activities. So, whenever I just sit down and naturally make art without a prompt, nature is by far what inspires me the most. Nature is something that is so beautiful, that honestly no matter what we try to do to recreate it, we never truly capture the beauty. So how could I not be inspired by something like that! Other artists, of course, are another source of inspiration as well. Living in such a media based world right now is great because access to other art is so available. Just seeing all the other artwork and styles out there always gives me the inspiration to try something new or even just get my sketchbook out and draw for fun!
How many bowls of cereal do you eat every single day and why aren't you eating more?
None! I rarely buy cereal and whenever I do I always regret the decision of not buying it more because it's amazing!
Say there's like a whole box of Teddy Grahams in a room all by themselves. Say I left them there and told you not to eat any until I got back. How long would it take you to disobey my wishes?
Teddy Grahams? Oh, I could last as long as I needed until you got back! Say its candy and MAYBE 4 minutes! I have no self-control for candy.
You have a lot of outdoor themes in your portfolio, why is that?
I grew up in nature. My parents always had me outside and it made a deeply loved place in my heart. I never feel more at peace than when I am in nature. So even when I am feeling stressed or even just in an art mood, nature is the first thing that comes into my head. I also feel like natural subjects are super important to represent in a world that is continually more technological and urban. I think exposing people to images of nature that aren't always exposed to it, give them at way to connect and therefore care about something that they might not otherwise. Also, being a marketing major as well as graphic design, I have taken several classes in sustainable and environmental economics, which really focus on the intrinsic and economic value of nature. Those made me feel an even bigger drive to represent nature in my artwork.
How long does it take you to scroll through Facebook before giving up?
About 2 minutes. Instagram keeps my attention much better.
What do you do when you're not doing graphic design?
Well, right now school and more school. And then get outside whenever I can. I've been taking as many credits as I can to graduate as soon as possible with both of my degrees, marketing and graphic design. So when schools in session it takes up a lot of my time. But whenever I'm not working on that my fiance, Josh, and I and often getting outside; hiking, fishing, snow shoeing, mountain biking, or hunting. Really making sure that both we, and our chocolate lab pup Lilly, get outside and get some exercise!
Who was your favorite Power Ranger?
The mighty morphin blue and yellow power rangers! Can't choose between those two!