When it comes to discussing his paintings, Brook Casey shies away from detailed explanation. As a self-taught artist, it took a few years for him to embrace the title of "artist." Though no stranger to the arts, Brook Casey grew up on the stage pursuing his passion for performance and drama in Phoenix, Arizona. After High School, Brook Casey attended Chapman University where he received a theatrical scholarship and a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance. Upon graduation he was soon living and performing in Los Angeles. Brook became quickly inspired by a number of artists and shows, including training and working as a Blue Man with the Blue Man Group. As a hobby, Brook Casey first picked up a paintbrush in 2005. "I never really meant to paint anything in particular, I just wanted to express emotion and drama similar to that found on the stage. Instead of playing with words and motions, I wanted to play with color and form."
With the intent to create something soothing yet dramatic, Brook Casey's paintings soon attracted the attention of many collectors and designers in Los Angeles area. "I received my first commission from a designer working on a new club on the Sunset Strip called Sunset Beach. I painted a large mural of a beach at the entrance of the club and a whole room where the walls looked like widows to the sunset." Many other commissions soon followed, and Brook Casey's paintings where being sold throughout the West Coast.
In 2007, Brook caught the eye of acclaimed green Interior Designer, Lori Dennis (www.loridennis.com). After a few commissions from Dennis' clients, Brook Casey's original paintings were soon found gracing the pages of national shelter magazines such as Coastal Living Magazine, and Small Room Decorating Magazine.
"I found that the impact of artwork is very similar to the impact of theatre. As a visual medium, paintings can conjure up similar emotional responses that can energize and inspire. If there is anything I hope to do with my life, it is to motivate and stimulate people in a positive way. Creating artwork that people live there lives around has given me the ability to do just that."
Presently, Brook Casey lives and travels on cruise ships for 6 months out of the year. Initially dealing with art sales, Brook Casey has now become a Port and Shopping Guide for Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise lines. For the remaining months in the year Brook Casey is found painting in Phoenix, Arizona. "I find so much inspiration in my travels and through the many people that I meet. The ocean is truly the most mystical and magical place to call home, but I treasure the time when I get to paint it all down in the warm embrace of the desert sun!"
For information regarding custom paintings and commissions, please contact Brook Casey.