Today we’d like to introduce you to Paula Pitman Brown.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Paula. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve loved art my whole life. There has never been a time when I wasn’t creating. So, it was inevitable on leaving high school for me to pursue a degree in the visual arts. I payed for my four years of college to Massachusetts College of Art and Design, majoring in Painting and Art History. On receiving my BFA, I continued my schooling through Boston State and Suffolk University to become an Art Educator. Next year, will mark 40 years that I have been teaching art. I have taught over 30 years at Chelmsford High School, teaching A.P. Art and studio classes. I taught for 20 years at The Decordova Art Museum, teaching their Multicultural Art Camp and Teen Portfolio. For several years, I taught art in The Waltham Schools. I have also taught art/and portfolio privately for both teens and adults. Currently, I am teaching at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where I teach Adults and Teens Painting Intensives and Drawing.
As an artist, I have always painted. Over the years I have shown my work in a variety on places. A few places of note are Th Decordova Museum, The Copley Society and many local libraries. In the past four years, I have picked up the pace in both my creating art and showing my work. I have had four one person shows and been involved in many group shows. Recently, I was in a group show at The Chandler Gallery, in Cambridge. I participate in Needham Open Studios. I am a member of the Cambridge Art Association and have been a member of The Trescott Gallery. I have had several one people shows through The Audubon Society. Needham Public Library invited me for a one person show last year.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have always worked very hard for anything that I have gained in life. For most of my career as an artist, I have had to work full time to support myself and my family. Teaching has always been rewarding for me, I love working with people and motivating them, showing them their potential as an artist. At many times, I felt quite exhausted with the energy I put out for my students. However, I felt I must push myself to continue growing with my own artwork. There were times of frustration that I just didn’t have enough time for my own work to grow as fast as I would have liked. To pursue showing my work as well as creating my art seemed daunting at times.
If I had advice for other artists/teachers coming along in their careers, I would highly recommend keeping going, persevere, be passionate about your dreams. For me, I feel the balance of the contemplation of working in my studio combined with the social engagement of the classroom has made both my art and my teaching enhance each other.
What should we know about NA? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The paintings that I have included in this interview represent a series I feel strongly about. Each of these pieces represents how animals cohabitate with humans in an urban environment. When I step out my door each day, especially to walk my dog, I delight in the small animals I see along my way. I am also painfully aware how stressed they are by pollution, pesticides, traffic, noise and micromanaged plots of land. I am hoping my paintings can be a reminder for people to take care of animals and make better choices in how they maintain their properties and ultimately the planet.
I have another series of collages, called “Birds Nests.” These pieces are created from trash people leave behind… I make the birds nests from the trash as many birds have been forced to or have adapted to do as well.
Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
One of the most important things one can do for themselves in their careers is to know your “stuff.”. Live your interests, read, take in events that feed your craft. For me, exhibits, museums, art shows and books are an endless resource.
Be passionate about what you do. Believe in your work and share this with your students and colleagues.
Be kind and encouraging to others.
- My price range for paintings is between approx. $500.00 to $2,000.00.
- Website: paulapitmanbrownart.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All eight pieces, copyright Paula Pitman Brown 2016-2018