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I Create Birmingham: Brian Bohanan

“Media exposure is the most important key to success out there. You have to get your name out! Navigating marketing is a huge asset to your career building.”

Name: Brian Bohanan
Creative Industry: Visual Arts & Crafts1. You have an exhibit coming up on the 20th. What can we expect?
Our event features 5 artists at the setting of our 1920’s home across from the intermediate school in Calera. We have two Folk Artists, a Jewelry Artist, Gourd Art, and a Fine Artist; all local to the surrounding Birmingham area.

2. As a self-taught artist, how do you think you have evolved?
As an artist, my main evolution is in the relationships I have made with art patrons – many of whom I know on a first name basis and have collected art from me over the years. I am a self-taught artist and I think they tend to appreciate that. Over the years I have stayed true to who I am in my art, and I think that is why they come back. Evolution as an artist is not radical change; it is growth within yourself.

3. What advantages or disadvantages do you think you possess, having no formal art education.
There are a few drawbacks – some days you go through a lot of trial and error. You make mistakes, and you learn from them. Education at an institution can be highly beneficial to your art career. You leave as a polished professional artist with a bit of a leg up. I have found an addicting freedom of creativity with no boundaries. It’s not for everyone, but it is a perfect fit to the person I am.

4. What programs and offerings exist to help local artists? What do you wish existed?
Media exposure is the most important key to success out there. You have to get your name out! Navigating marketing is a huge asset to your career building. The more people see your art, the more they become familiar with you, leading to more sales. Taking advantage of local Art Associations is also helpful. Most of them hold member art shows and gallery shows that allow you to network with other artists, patrons, etc. Art is serious work that we dedicate our lives to. With hard work, art is a viable career.

5. As a reoccurring theme in your work; is there a particular aspect that makes you feel connected to nature?
They call me “Tree Man.” My Tree of Life paintings are what catch the eye of my patrons. Nature themed art is the majority of my body of work. I think reverence of nature should be a priority in society, and I want to express that in my art. In some regards, my paintings are my voice. As a kid we were always outside and many times I would study the trees. In class I would get in trouble for drawing trees instead of my schoolwork. I love trees!