Brusie, Sharyn Paul
From early on, Sharyn Paul Brusie felt this need to create art and that is what she has known to be true throughout her life. Receiving a BS from the Maine College of Art and a BFA from the University of Southern Maine - all of Sharyn Paul Brusie’s schooling has been in the arts. Whether it's been teaching art or directing films, it has led her down many eye-opening paths. And in 2015, Brusie took a break from her filmmaking, so that she could immerse herself back into her love for drawing and painting.
Brusie is primarily interested in painting people and animals - figurative and narrative work. What Brusie finds compelling is what is going on inside her subjects and how honestly she can convey that emotion, even subtly. Her sensitivity to their environment plays a role in the mood of the piece as well. Revealing what's behind someone's eyes, mixing in a touch of whimsy, having fun with composition, color and light, all add to the storytelling. Brusie likes leaving the viewer with the opportunity to wonder, to look within themselves and hopefully connect to the greater whole. There is often a depth and a lightness to her work.
This lifelong passion to create comes from a place Brusie does not question, as it's filled with joy. Her decision making in who and what she paints is an intuitive process she has learned to trust. Brusie always felt a natural affinity for different cultures and exploring people and places in Brazil, Mexico and the Caribbean, which has allowed her the opportunity to paint the fascinating people she has met.
“As a proud Mainer, my work also represents people who live near the sea and the gorgeous surroundings in my home state. Presently, I'm working on a Native American project, "Blood Sisters and Brothers," that was inspired by my childhood friend from the Penobscot Nation in Maine. My aim is to show the beauty, the boldness and the soul in each of my subjects. It's a privilege to shine a well deserved light.” Sharyn Paul Brusie