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Art & Life with Brooke Fischer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brooke Fischer.

Brooke, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in Boulder Colorado. I’m the youngest of 4. I think being the last child and seeing my 3 siblings compete with each other in sports and everything else I had to find something they didn’t do. For me that was art. It wasn’t until high school that I was acknowledged for my artistic talent outside of my family. My parents were cautious about an artist making money at art so they pushed for me to go to the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver for Graphic Design as a career.

After finishing at CIA I moved to Los Angeles in my 20’s and worked for two advertising agencies who handled newspaper graphics for most of the major film studios across the country. These days I am a self-employed freelance graphic designer, fine art painter, women’s rights advocate, protector of bees and small insects, but my most important job is being the Mom of a precocious 5-year-old.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am heavily inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe, Maria Sibylla Merian, Mary Delaney and other great women artists. These women were all amazing botanical artists. I am drawn to the fleeting beauty of flowers, insects, birds and how their short lives affect all of us. Plants as food, insects, and birds as pollinators.

My work is about highlighting how critical they are to our life cycle. My work also typically celebrates a single plant, insect or life cycle. I want the viewer to really see and appreciate these small but beautiful forces of nature and really examine their individual beauty. I’ve also been putting my graphic design skills to work for political issues. I created Let Equality Bloom for the Women’s March.

Let Equality Bloom was recently accepted by the Library of Congress as a historic document. For which I am truly honored. I am also advocating for protecting honey bees and butterflies and their declining populations due to climate change. As artists, we have the unique opportunity to help bring attention to these important causes.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I think that artistic voices are absolutely crucial right now! I would even go so far as to say maybe more important now than in the last 25 years. Artists need to speak up against the oppression, racism, bullying, bigotry and human rights violations that are happening in this country. We need a creative army of talented people to use their voice at this time to educate the public on these important issues. I stand firmly against the current administration and every single policy they’ve created.

Especially, to the Environment and Human Rights. We can stop global warming and the damaging effects it has on our planet but we need a government that puts policies in place to protect our oceans, national parks, government land and wildlife refuges. One that cracks down on air pollution and implements clean air policies, which benefit everyone. We do not need a government that tears down those protections and pollutes. We need a government that protects our endangered species and nurtures the human spirit. I call on all artists to speak out loud and proud against these tragic policies!

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1 Comment

  1. Angela Fischer

    August 8, 2018 at 12:25

    Just LOVE Brooke’s work. So crisp and colorful and direct. I am her mother-in-law and I am NOT biased!!! Just proud.

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