Brooke is a full-time, award-winning artist working out of Capitol Hill in Seattle. Her paintings focus on innovation, aesthetics, place and perception. With a background in plein air (on site) landscape painting, she has gained an intuitive affinity for color and dynamic composition. Universal beauty and an art for the people have influenced her deconstructed style of painting to stimulate our human senses. This analytical way of breaking up a scene into blocks of color and putting them back together is engaging in process, and allows the audience to enjoy getting lost in her paintings. Although most of Brooke's work is very colorful, she has also recently been experimenting in more subtle, monochromatic tones.
Brooke began painting in high school and earned a BFA in Painting from the University of Oregon in 2010. She considers herself a self-taught landscape painter, as she practiced from nature with a prolific output and has not attended any workshops. By a ravenous practice of observation and looking at a lot of art, she has been able to develop her own unique style that is not quite categorizable. People have described Brooke's paintings as the modern take on pointillism, comparable to cubism and Cezanne, or a hand-made version of enlarged computer pixels.
As an exhibiting artist, Brooke has most recently been awarded a prestigious prize for best oil/acrylic painting at the 2018 Carmel Plein Air Competition. She is nationally and internationally collected and shows at galleries in Washington, California, Oregon, Utah and Maine. If you live in the Seattle area you may also find her work in various local art walks. You can also see Brooke’s art in the February 2019 issue of American Art Collector Magazine, in the Collector’s Focus’ “City Scape” and “Winter Land” sections.
When Brooke is not making art, you can find her at one of Seattle’s many niche locations for pinball. She competes in weekly and regional tournaments and works a few days a week at a consignment shop in Ballard.