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‘Serious’ confessions of a self-professed crossover

While building my graphic design business, Brook Design Group, for the past 31 years, I started to paint seriously five years ago. “Seriously” means you create volumes of paintings, regardless of whether they will sell. Then you get affirmation that you’ve done the right thing when they actually do sell. I also show my fine-art photography right alongside my paintings.

One day a person commented to me, “LeeAnn, you appear to be struggling with whether to be a photographer or a painter.”

“Absolutely not!” I responded defensively. “I’m not struggling at all! I’m a photographer and a painter. And a graphic designer!” He clearly had no clue as to what a crossover was.

These days, I spend my time dispelling the myths that travel so rapidly in our community:

1. “I thought you were out of business and retired by now!” Answer: No, I am not retired from my graphic design business. Spending 40 to 50 hours a week on jobs is not my idea of retirement.

2. “I thought you were a photographer!” Answer: I started a greeting card business four years ago, and I guess my photography of the Yuba River is what sticks in people’s minds as to “what I do.”

3. “I didn’t know you painted!” Answer: From time to time, I come out of hiding with my newest work. Are the paintings influenced by my design background? Yes. Do I paint from my photos? No. I paint from memory, from my experiences.

My experience is that of a crossover. Why do we have to be one thing to all people? We all are a multitude of skills and experiences.

I personally think I like to just keep people guessing.


Contact LeeAnn Brook at (530) 265-6817 or online at http://www.brookdesign.com.

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