MOON GALLERY --
As the moon reflects the light of the sun, so art reflects life
through the eyes of the artist.
"Portraiture is the most personal form of art. A portrait give the
viewer a sense of the subjects' presence & tells a story. A likeness
goes beyond surface details to reveal the essence of the spirit &
personality behind the expression. When creating a portrait, we keep
in mind that this is someone who is very much loved. Our mission is
to be good story-tellers, and create portraits worthy of becoming
family heirlooms, to be cherished for generations to come."
About the Artists:
Evelyn Brown have been creating portraits professionally for over 30
years. Their work can be found in private & corporate collections
worldwide. They have studied with some of the best portrait artists
in the country and have drawn/painted literally thousands of
portraits of people from all walks of life. The two artists have a
supportive critic in each other, & each portrait receives the
benefit of their combined talents & separate points of view. Michael
Brown is also a talented landscape painter, evident in the
environmental backgrounds of his portraits.
commissioned portrait subjects include Bob Hope; Al Hirt (Michael
presented a portrait of the Grammy Award winning trumpet player to
Mrs. Hirt at the musician's induction into the New Orleans Musical
Legends Hall of Fame); Steve Cropper ("Blues Brother" Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame & Grammy award winning songwriter, guitarist, &
producer); & MVP Baseball Player, Manny Trillo (Philadelphia
is a collaboration between the artists, the subject, & the client.
The Browns work directly with their customers through every step of
the portrait, from photographing the subject & choosing the best
pose & expression, to the finishing touches. Although they enjoy
working from life, photography is now an important part of their
work, to isolate the expression & other elements of the portrait.
Working from photos allows the painting to be done without the
necessity to pose for long sittings & when sittings are not an
option. A likeness is guaranteed.
(Mick), born in England, comes from an artistic family and his
talents were encouraged at an early age. He received an Honors
Degree in Fine Arts (University of Manitoba, Canada), and spent a
year traveling through Europe, exploring art galleries and studying
the works of the Old Masters. He worked as a photographer &
technical illustrator for MCI/Greyhound, the Royal Canadian Air
Force, & also for the United States Government, creating boardroom
art & operations manuals for the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, a
project to supply the Strategic Oil Reserves. After completing that
project, Mick devoted his career to fine arts. He studied
portraiture at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, and with noted
portrait artists Chuck Moran & Daniel Greene. He also cites Burton
Silverman, Joe Singer and John Howard Sanden as important
Mick met Evelyn while vacationing in New Orleans & decided to stay.
The couple married in 1980 & made New Orleans their home for over 25
years, until moving to the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Georgia.
Evelyn Brown, a native of Miami, FL, is also from a family of
painters & writers (including poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow).
Since she began drawing at age 3, art was always her primary focus,
portraiture in particular. She received art scholarships in school &
majored in fine arts in college. Evelyn fell in love with New
Orleans during her first visit there (during Mardi Gras, '75). She
was inspired by the beautiful architecture & romance of the city, &
by the hundreds of artists she saw working in the Vieux Carre. She
soon returned to New Orleans to become a full time member of the art
Evelyn studied portraiture & painting at the New Orleans Academy of
Fine Arts with Dell Weller & with noted portrait artists Chuck
Moran, Bob Graham & Paul McCormack. She also attended portrait
workshops at the National Portrait Seminar in NYC, NY, conducted by
John Howard Sanden, Margaret Holland Sargent, and Robert Bruce
Both Mick & Evelyn Brown are animal lovers and also specialize in
portraits of pets & horses. The Browns contribute to several animal
welfare organizations & participate in fundraisers for these
charities, including the LA-SPCA,
& The Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta
animal portraits directly benefit these organizations). Their dog,
"Heidi" & cat, "Bucky", are both adopted from rescue groups.
The Browns live in Blairsville, GA, & are members of the Blue Ridge
Mountain Arts Association
the Southeastern Pastel Society http://www.southeasternpastel.org,
& the Southern Appalachian Artists Guild
www.southernappalachianartists.org. Their work is often displayed at venues at the art center in Blue Ridge, GA. http://www.blueridgearts.net.