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Daily Inspiration: Meet Brittany Lampe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Lampe.

Hi Brittany, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve been creative my whole life. Legend has it my pre-school teacher told my mom that I would be an artist one day, and so the prophecy seemed to be self-fulfilling. It’s always been my natural direction.

After graduating from the fine art program at the University of Cincinnati, I finally moved with my husband into a military life that lead us from North Carolina to Okinawa Japan, and back to North Carolina again for our permanent home. It is thanks to the marine corps that we were fortunate to move and travel as much as we did, and I think that really helped me find my voice in my art and what I wanted to create.

I have been operating as a professional artist/painter since 2013 and feel very strongly about my sense of purpose to create and paint. I studied under Frank Herrmann, a Guggenheim Memorial fellowship recipient, and count myself lucky to have such a mentor. His use of texture and abstractions of landscapes has really influenced my work as well.

My art studio is in my home, so learning to navigate the work/life balance can be challenging, especially since creativity often surprises me and urges me to my studio at random times. I am a bit of a night owl, but do my best to dedicate “normal” working hours to my operations for the day.

When creativity calls or an idea strikes though, I can’t be helped. I really truly feel my art in my whole body and it is a passion and a curse until it’s let out of my brain.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I think I’ve been very fortunate to have such a supportive system of family, friends, clients, and generally like-minded creatives surrounding me throughout my journey.

The great thing about being an artist/creative entrepreneur is that despite moving around a lot my art is my backbone and I can practice anywhere I am. The flip side of that is when I’m uprooted I essentially have to press the reset button on my career, so it’s been a decent challenge the last 14 months to really introduce myself into my new community.

It’s a lot of applying to vendor events, open calls, and honestly just having the grit to keep going even when it’s all very new and uncertain.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I honestly feel that my work has evolved fairly quickly over the last 3 years. I’m 2019, I decided to take the leap from owning and operating my own paint and sip business for 4 years to allow myself the time to push my own creativity to where I envisioned it being.

Right now, I’m really curious about nature and also sort of the veil between dream and reality. Animals, patterns, and human touch are common imagery that glides in and out of my work, and sometimes more so than others. I have a very intimate layer-based process of painting and find that I enjoy letting go of ideas of perfection because in reality I myself am a messy artist, so I like to let that peak through my work.

For me, there is a balance between manipulating the paint to my own ideas and the wonder of allowing the paint to be its own material and taking on a life of its own. This is mostly seen through the drips, textures, and colors in my work.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I was fortunate to not be personally affected by the virus, however, I think it showed me that there are no rules when it comes to art.

The weird times of lockdowns and feeling like time stopped allowed me to re-think what I thought were the “steps” I needed to take and instead be filter-free, make the work I really wanted to make, and apply for the exhibitions.

Time is precious but it does not wait for you, and so if anything the effects of the Covid era have emboldened me to quit putting limitations on myself.

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Image Credits
JG Photography NC

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