I am originally from the southeastern United States. My early days were spent drawing and exploring the pine forests that surrounded my home. I studied art in Atlanta GA and Oakland CA, crossing the country many times by bus, train, and car. Scotland, the southern Appalachians, the Montana Rockies, and the Washington Cascades are all places I've called home; I also spent a brief period living in the 1930s. I live in Asheville NC, and I feel at home any place that has mountains and trees.
The influences for my art include folk art and vintage illustration, as well as indigenous art and Renaissance paintings.
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"Ian Brownlee employs landscape as a device to capitalize on our basic impulse to weave images into narrative. In his paintings, the use of perspective to create an unexpectedly dramatic spatial illusion permits us entry into what appears to be an independently existent and self-sufficient "world" located neither in the past or the present, but always slightly out of reach and continually open to interpretation."
- Trevor Richardson, Director, Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachussetts, Amherst. Quoted in New American Paintings
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