Sketches, Artwork, Quotes & Interviews

Monday, January 18, 2010

Interview with Two Artists: Mike and Donna Brown of Brown's Country Originals

1. Greetings, Mike and Donna! Please tell us a little about
your backgrounds:
We are Mike and Donna Brown, self-taught husband and wife artist team. I work with wood, chalkware, clay and papier mache. My wife works with dried, fresh and artificial flowers and hypertufa. These creative passions led us in 2008 to start Brown’s Country Originals. The name came from living in the country and our last name.

2. When did you become interested in crafting?
It was started when we were very young.

3. How did you learn your current techniques?
Books and articles on the topics.

4. You have a great variety of artwork to offer, from garden decorations to in-home decor. What inspires you?
Life and vintage works.

5. What is your biggest struggle as an artist?
Pricing our work and marketing.

6. What do you find most rewarding in your work?
The joy it brings to other people.

7. What is the best advice you have received, either about creativity or about life?
Do not give up, keep trying.

8. Good advice. Where can we see your work? What are your price ranges?

Our work can be seen on the following websites:

Our prices range from $200 to $5.

9. What are your art plans for the next year?
Increase sales.

10. I hope that will go well for you, your works are delightful (I love the springtime Easter bunnies at your etsy shop!)What would you like people to know about you and your creations?
I use recycled paper to make the paper mache clay.
Here are links to some of our work:

In the photos above, you can see some of Donna's hypertufa (light concrete) pieces and a photo of Mike's work shop with some pieces being created. Check out their etsy shop for personable snowmen, Santas, rabbits, jewelry, Valentine items and natural garden decor!

The images in this post belong
to the artists who created them 
and are protected by copyright law.

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