Event Category: Art Exhibit
During the month of February, Alan Brown’s original oil paintings will be on display and for sale at Max Hansen’s Carversville Grocery.
There will be an opening on 2/10/18 from 5pm-8pm at the store.
I have always been visually oriented and often inspired by my surroundings. Inspired enough, that I would feel compelled to express what I felt in one way or another. However, painting was something I could never comprehend. I was overwhelmed at the idea of mixing colors, let alone painting an image. However, the artistic process did intrigue me, but the passion lay dormant.
Sometimes life can get in the way of pursuing an interest. For the past 30 years, I have been in television and film. That career has been quite rewarding and it has provided me with an opportunity to be around creative people and people with a passion for what they do. That being said, all my energy went towards my career and my family. I did not engage in any creative endeavors at all. For someone like me, that is akin to being a zombie.
Another key piece of information about me is that I have a form of Muscular Dystrophy named, FSH Dystrophy. As the disease progresses, I am able to do less and less from a physical standpoint. Oftentimes, I am confined to being at home.
In 2013, the progress of the disease left me quite isolated and unproductive. At that point, I decided that I needed to be able to produce something tangible and also tap into the dormant creative self.
It was then that painting finally became something I was up to pursuing. It was a way of bringing beauty into my world and also attempting to contribute something beautiful that would enable me to feel productive about my existence.
One thing led to another and one day the doorbell rang. It was Robert Beck dropping off all the things I would need to start painting. I will never forget that generosity and also the challenge he presented me with.
Painting has changed my view of the world. I see things I have never seen before. I see colors in things that I never noticed before. It really is a gift and it has made my life much more fulfilling.
I hope that at the very least, my paintings allow you to see that I am a person who needs to produce and who wishes to share how I see the world with you.