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Art & Life with Brittany Loar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Loar.

Brittany, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Unconventional may be the best word to describe the routes I somehow end up taking. My journey here was no different.

Growing up in the mountains of rural New Mexico to two educators was a special, humble upbringing that allowed me to develop a healthy appetite and respectful sensitivity for the beauty of the world. Stagnation wasn’t something I was ever interested in so creative activities were a constant. Making art has always been a compulsion — a cathartic release. The feeling of physically expelling emotional energy and heaping it onto a surface, into a color, within an involuntarily formed shape or contour has always been my way of self-liberation as well as connecting to the world for as long as I can remember. But, when it came time to decide on a professional direction, it was design that served as a middle ground between expression and service.

I poured all my time and dedication into my career path, graduating high school as valedictorian which granted me the assistance needed to afford college out-of-state, loan free. I earned a BFA from West Texas A&M University while also working as a junior designer for the university and showing my artwork back in New Mexico to earn more money for the other life expenses of every new approaching semester. I fell for Boston after visiting on my days off from coaching girls basketball and volleyball at a summer camp in Maine. Immediately following graduation I jumped headfirst into the industry, later moving out here as a pure leap of faith with only two weeks to figure things out, and ultimately finding myself a senior designer at an agency in Boston’s South End after a few prior design roles in the city. My career has been wonderful but I never intended on compartmentalizing who I am into separate creative roles. In the last few years I’ve started bringing my focus back to producing more art and dedicating my time and energy to pursuing my passion and I hope to continue to do so.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I operate under an imperative of coexisting dichotomies, compelled to continually explore those living within human connection, interaction, and overlooked emotive sociological narratives. For the better part of a decade, I’ve spent my career as a designer observing and utilizing human psychology to determine visual decisions in a way to influence the human mind. That time and experience alone has deepened my curiosity in exploring emotional tensions within myself and others. But rather than use my findings to manipulate an audience, I desire to expose the raw honesty in my artwork and the beauty their coexistence creates.

Via contemporary illustrations in a variety of mediums, my work invites a dialogue about the dualities and complexities of the mortal condition that inspire me daily. I choose my subject based on the range of visual tensions it will allow such as abnormal physical positioning or facial expression and high levels of contrasting light, capitalizing on these tensions with the balance of mediums. Some pieces demand a much more minimal execution such as the full graphite pieces while others swing to the complex, made up of loose combinations of black India ink, paint, charcoal and conté.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
The financial challenges that come with most artistic paths are exactly why I decided to be a full time designer. By having that career, I’m allowed the financial security and balance to be able to also enjoy a profession as an artist. In addition, both careers improve one another in skill and creative problem solving. I suppose my advice would be to find something you’re equally as passionate about and build a strategy around the two to navigate your time and creative energy. Your monetary reapings from art sales will then become supplementary rather than holding you financially and creatively captive.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be seen or purchased on my website as well as viewed on my social pages. I post to Instagram fairly often. If anyone is interested in supporting my work, they can find the latest exhibition info on my website as well.

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Image Credit:
Maura O’Donnell

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