A product manager for a digital marketing firm by day, Brendan paints as a way to unplug and re-connect to the physical world. He is a recovering misanthrope, aspiring biophiliac and seeker of self.

Brendan lives in Burlington, VT with his partner Rachel.

Artist Statement

I make art to feel, to forgive, to accept, and to love myself. Painting provides my heart a voice where words are insufficient. Painting allows me to define and inhabit myself.

I grew up between generations, ably digital but innately analog. I like to touch and feel. I long for extended full-body hugs. 

Creating art is the puzzle piece it took me 35 years to find. It is how I fight against the digitization of my humanity and breathe life into my emotional, corporeal form.

Painting gives me permission to feel anger because I can make it physical – I can look at it, name it, and release it. It gives me permission to feel sadness—clearing my head space enough that I can meditate on loss that I would otherwise subconsciously ignore. Painting allows me to feel glee, to accept relief, to release, and to examine myself both critically and lovingly.

My abstract creations represent an urgent itch – an endless compulsion that manifests as motion. They squirm, burst, and urge with a potent, restless release. I enjoy creating works that challenge a viewer to embrace discomfort, submit to a visual hallucination, and disrupt the linear thoughts dictated by their animal brain.

 

Events & Exhibitions

2020 Stay Home / Stay Safe (group exhibition) | Burlington City Arts | Burlington, VT

2020 Dealer.com | Burlington, VT

2020 Innovation Center | Burlington, VT

2020 Speeder & Earl’s | Burlington, VT

2019 South End Art Hop (S.P.A.C.E. Gallery Group Show) | Burlington, VT

2019 SEABA Member’s Show | VCAM | Burlington, VT

2019 Ri Ra Patio Competition (Live Mural Painting) | Burlington, VT

2019 City Market, South End | Burlington, VT

2019 “From Natural To Abstraction” (group show) | VCAM | Burlington, VT

2019 Amherst Town Library | Amherst, NH

2018 ArtsRiot Holiday Artist Market (vendor) | Burlington, VT

2018 Magic Hat Brewing | Burlington, VT

2018 South End Art Hop (multiple group shows) | Burlington, VT

2018 SEABA Member’s Show | VCAM | Burlington, VT

2017 South End Art Hop (multiple group shows) | Burlington, VT