Casey Brink of Lakewood is the sole artist hanging his Vibrant Darkness, Color & Light oils.
Our own Fergie sat down with Casey to get to know him better.
Fergie: When did you first know that you wanted to be an artist?
Casey: I knew I was an artist since childhood. I remember my first easel and supply cupboard. I used to draw the same Tyrannosaurus Rex all the time. Then it was coloring contests and art classes.
Fergie: In what media do you like to work?
Casey: I had major influence from Artist William Waite. William promoted that I work in many styles and this practice still reflects today. I always have a few styles and mediums at work in my studio. I work on five or six pieces at a time.
William Waite is an artist local to Jamestown who has been in business since the 1970s. He went to art school at Buff State, Fredonia and Edinboro and studied in Italy for a year as well. He teaches studio art and art history classes at Jamestown Community College.
Casey goes on to talk about his influences and what seems to be most insightful – his inspiration.
Casey: At the University level Artist Joseph Piccillo really schooled me to the [art as a business] game and how to work sales. He has been my biggest influence thus far. Piccillo supports singing your own song, making your own art, and was a catalyst in as we like to call it, ‘kicking out the jams’ [in other words] producing works all the time. His story keeps me dedicated to my production and sharp about my business.
Other influences with my work are the light and darkness each one of us has within, the human condition. I draw upon spirituality as well as Pop Culture.
Hurry over, the show ends Friday, March 18th. And this may be the only time you get to see Casey. He doesn’t have plans for any other shows this year. He does plan to spend a lot time in his studio “creating four foot by eight foot triptychs” – a triptych is a three-panel piece of art often painted on canvas and can be one scene or one subject in 3 different forms.