Kevin R. Brown focuses on intimate details of the landscape accentuated by the golden hour. Drawing on his background as a Director of Photography for feature films, he first uses his camera to set the stage for his luminous paintings. He shoots landscape photos that he then heavily edits before painting the scene in his studio. Kevin grew up in Sacramento and Lodi, California, and says he began drawing almost before he could write. For years, Kevin limited his art to pastel portraits in one to three colors on toned paper, as he was born with mild red/green colorblindness. One day, a recipient of his portraiture challenged him to research a way around this limitation. Kevin says, "He asked, 'If you could paint, what kind of painting would you like to do?' I pointed to a calendar I'd seen earlier out of the corner of my eye and said, like that! It was a painting by George Inness." Kevin threw himself into studying the color wheel, color harmonies and design, ultimately formulating a way to create his glowing landscape paintings. Today, Kevin paints from a small home studio near the beach in San Francisco. He spends his free time hiking, shooting video and building software music synthesizers.
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About The Artist
Since the layered approach to painting precludes plein air painting (outdoors before the subject), I take full advantage of my years of photography study (largely through the writings of Ansel Adams), several years as a custom printer in commercial photo labs (exercising subtle control of values to produce fine art prints for discerning professional photographers) and a decade of lighting study working on feature films as a Director of Photography, to create landscape photographs that inspire the paintings produced in the studio. These images are 're-imagined' with image editing software to optimize them for use as inspiration for a painting - optimizing value balances, critical cropping, reducing or eliminating distracting and irrelevant details, shifting the placement of key compositional elements, and so on.
My preferred subjects are small intimate details of the landscape, rather than broad vistas, inspired often by the glowing effects of grasses and foliage illuminated from behind in the late afternoon or early morning.
City College of San Francisco
Bachelor of Science, 1982