I have decided to update my bio. As an artist, it is my job to sell myself. Looking back, there are so many amazing events and organizations that I have been blessed to be a part of. Check out my bio below...
Rhea Brown was born in Los Angeles, CA, of African American, Mexican, Sicilian, and Turkish descent. Adopted by a loving family at 6 mos., she traveled from North Dakota, to California, to the Philippines, to Maryland, and to Illinois.
Since a young child, she had a love for art. In high school she attended the Visual and Performing Arts Program at Suitland High in MD. However, she had every intention of becoming a doctor, having graduated with a full scholarship to study veterinary medicine at Tuskegee University.
However, with the birth of her daughter at 17, she decided to move to Texas and devote her time to raising a family. A year later she had the opportunity to study under a local fashion designer, then shortly after decided to return to her first love; art.
Phoenix Art Studio was birthed in 2001 with the aid of Killeen’s Carol’s Art Gallery. She went on to acquire an Associate’s Degree in Commercial Arts from Central Texas College. She also received informal training under Moody muralist/portrait artist Sandy Dusek, and Killeen photographer/muralist/film art director Rudy Calooy, Jr. Rhea has also had the pleasure of experiencing the ancient art of Athens, Kavala, and Cozumel.
Over this time she has practiced creating acrylic, oil, and airbrush portraits, murals, woodwork, wall sculptures, book and CD illustrations, graphic design, and face and body painting. Aside from commissioned work, she creates inspirational and thought-provoking works of art.
Rhea has had the opportunity to show her work in cities across Texas, Louisiana and New York. She sold her inspiring piece, “Letting Go”, to acclaimed recording artist Vickie Winans and has displayed her work during performances by renowned artists such as Kirk Franklin and Louis Gossett, Jr.
She also spends her time instructing art classes at the Round Rock Cordovan Art School and working closely with organizations that assist U.S. veterans and their families. Rhea has painted comemorative portraits for wounded soldiers and for the families of fallen soldiers. She has also taught theraputic art classes and face painted for military retreats.
Rhea’s work and commission details can be viewed at www.PhoenixArtStudio.net.