Girls, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.
Brooke, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in.
Heidi, oil on canvas, 11 x 14 in.
Victory II, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in.
Christen, oil on canvas, 12 x 16 in.
12 oz. Rocker, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in.
Animal, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.
Brandi, oil on canvas, 27.5 x 36 in.
Brandi was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1976. At the age of twelve, she was living with her grandparents and twin sister in Bradenton, Florida. Her grandma took her to weekly art lessons. It was at that age that she received her first painting commission. A neighbor paid her twenty dollars to paint five California Raisins, (which were very popular in 1988). She then painted the names of the neighbors family members above the individual raisin characters. She looks back at the painting now as what might be the worst family portrait ever painted by anyone.
Her experience and education in art has expanded since the California Raisin portrait and art lessons at the local art supply shop back to Kalamazoo, Michigan where she graduated magna cum laude from Western Michigan University School of Art. She has won many awards, grants, and scholarships there at the University as well as various juried exhibitions around Michigan, including a travel grant that helped enable her to go to Paris to research as sculpture there for her Nike/Victory series of paintings. Brandi currently shows her paintings on both coasts in various cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Dallas, and Atlanta.