October 22nd, 2010

A female artist in a male dominated industry

Surf art by Heather Brown

Samantha in Waikiki, Hawaii asks Heather Brown:

Did you find it hard being a female coming into what was mostly a male dominated sector of the art world? I feel that you have opened the door for many other female surf artists, so how did you do it?

Heather Brown: I never thought it was an issue getting into the art field, I never really thought it mattered to people whether a girl or a guy made the art, so I never let it stand in my way. I feel there are many things that guys and girls can do, and do a great job at it. I feel that no matter what sex you are, being a professional artist takes a lot of creativity, work, time and energy. So whoever it is that puts forth everything they have will have an equal chance at success in the art world.

Thanks for the compliment about “Opening the door for other female surf artists.” Wow! I never really thought of it that way before so it makes it a bit harder to answer that question. Again though, like I said before, a lot of work, dedication, time, energy and most importantly trying to create not only pieces of art, but a full style that is my own. I focused on printmaking when I was at University of Hawai’i art school so my style in painting is really a mixed bag of printmaking styles and color blending.

I suppose if I were to really have to answer simply, I was able to help carve a path in the art world by taking a fresh look at surf art and the many possibilities. Mahalo for the original question!

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