CS Coates & Scarry

Brandi Milne’s heart shall not fear

Q: What do you do when you are not painting or drawing? I've found myself reading a lot since my trip to Bristol. Maybe that 10 hour plane ride really bucked me up! :) Otherwise, I love eating fries (chips to you guys!) and going to thrift stores searching for childhood baubles!

A very smiley Brandi Milne


Q: I know you have written a children's book; So Good For Little Bunnies, please tell us about the process? It was a long and hard process, but worth every minute. I want to do so much more, I'm exhausted just thinking about it!!

Q: Why is the wood so important to your work? For me, the wood itself is warm and embracing. I love it because it's almost like a piece of furniture somehow, and it allows me to use ink to line the work rather than lining with black paint. My hands are so ridiculously unsteady, it would be a nightmare to have to line with a brush!!

Q: How do you know when a painting is complete? I know when it has great balance and narration, and when the paint is tight enough (my paint is very sloppy) to start the final ink process. I try to look at each piece when it's done, and see if it needs anything else. This is probably one of the only times when there's a right and a wrong answer.

Q: Please tell us a little about this otherworldly place your work takes us to? This world doesn't exist in real life. It's the world I used to play in when I was little, in my mind. I know it's directly inspired by Alice In Wonderland - where the grass is 10 feet tall, the scale is a bit loppy and everything around you is kind of threatening in a way. I would like to live there, if everything wasn't so creepy.

Q: How personal is your work? My work is very personal. It directly reflects my life at the time, my emotions and feelings. I think of it as a diary of sorts, I can look back at the work and see exactly where I was in my life.

Q: Any advice for young up new up and coming artists? Love what you do. If you fake it, we can see it.

Q: What kind of legacy would you like to leave? An honest one.


Jan Corey Helford and Brandi

Q: Three essential items that get you through the day?!!

Q: Something we would not know about you and should know? You might not know that my second toe(s) is so much longer than my big toe(s) that my dad asked my mom "will she ever be able to walk?" when I was a baby - and maybe you should know. I AM able to walk, dad, even with this toe(s).

Q: Tell us a little about your childhood? My childhood was happy. Very happy and content. I'm the youngest of four kids, we grew up in Anaheim in the same house my mom lived in when she was wee. We were a very close family with my mom and dad - my mom being the center of the family. We had everything we needed, each other, good times and lot's of laughter.  I grew up safe and secure, protected and naive with little fear.

Q: Did you go to art school? I didn't go to art school, I only took a couple art classes in junior college that were pretty bunk. I drew at home, whatever I wanted - and over the years, taught myself what I know now.

Q: Who/what are your main influences? My main influences are my childhood, my life and personal journey day to day. Artists' work I look to for guidance and inspiration to better help me narrate my stories are Camille Rose Garcia, Todd Schorr, Daniel Peacock, Bob Dob, and Femke Heimstra to name a few.

Q: Briefly talk us through your working method? I enjoy the drawing and inking process the very best. Out of my work, I need control and that's where I have it the most. My painting process is very loose and sloppy and aggravating at times - I enjoy it, but that need for control is a struggle. That's why I love the inking (outlining) at the very end, because it ties it all back together and makes it look tight again.

Q: How was your trip to Bristol, we heard you had a good time? You HEARD? You both saw my BEAMING FACE in love with Bristol!!! I had an unbelievable time in a land so beautiful and inviting and important. I loved it. I'll love it forever....and I'll be back!! (and I'm staying with you two!!)

Q: The title of your upcoming show at the Corey Helford Gallery is called 'My Heart Shall Not Fear', why have you chosen this title for your show? This is a very important title - not only for how I would like to approach my work, but how I would like to approach this life. I don't want to be fearful anymore.

Q: Any plans for the future? More books. Exploring and expanding my work. More laughter and more cupcakes too.

Q: Three loves? Three loves? Halloween. Music. Children's books. Carousels. Christmas....candy...ridiculous laughter...a good desk. So what you said three. :)

Q: Three loathes? Only three, yipes! Seafood. Rude idiots. And Summer. Thanks Brandi, good luck with the show! For further info on Brandi's upcoming show contact

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