The CORE is the innermost part, or center of an individual, entity, or idea. It is the basic or fundamental part that other thought processes, beliefs, skills, or passions are built upon. By providing art experiences, art classes, selling, and commissioning art creations, From The Core Art Studio is "Building a Heart for Art" !
It all started with an easel, paper, some crayons, and an unknown observer. My first
self-portrait sold for $75.00 in an auction at the young age of 5 years old.
I am Lizzie Brown, Owner and Artist of From The Core Art Studio. A born and raised native of
Richmond, Virginia. I received a Dual Degree in Art Education and Painting and Printmaking, along with a minor in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University. A former art educator in the public and private school sectors, I have over seven years experience working with K-12 youth, in addition to leading a number of art camps, programs, and classes through Art 180, Cultural Arts Center, Weinstein Jewish Community Center, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In fall of 2021 I launched From The Core Art Studio. Through my studio I have the space to pursue my creative endeavors, while also continuing to share and foster a love for art with youth. Over the course of my educational career my work has been on display at Pine Camp Arts Center in Richmond, VA, Capital One in Goochland, VA, Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, VA, and Art 180's traveling exhibition, "What Do You Stand For?" in Richmond, VA. Since starting From The Core Art Studio, I have participated in various pop-ups in Richmond and D.C., had an artist and educator talk with rising VCU Art Education students and painted in conjunction with the RVA Mending Walls Project. My work has been displayed in several galleries around Richmond: Crossroads Art Center, Main Street Station Gallery, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, and ArtSpace Gallery.
Art is a universal language with the power to change, challenge, heal, and grow all who engage with it. I believe art should be accessible to all and have first hand knowledge of the benefits of the arts in the lives of youth and the community. Through From The Core Art Studio, my goal is to provide opportunities for art expression, foster art appreciation, and use art creations to bring about a stronger love for the arts.
Considering the misconceptions centered around people of color, my work pulls from biblical and spiritual references to depict the beauty and resilience of African American men, women, and children. My works range from highly rendered portraits to portraits created through the use of color blocking in order to emphasize shape and form.
The physical act of layering and blending paint and/or use of shape and color to construct form, symbolically blur and deconstruct the false perceptions associated with African Americans. The completed artworks serve as a renewed image of black people.
Works are created using a variety of art media ranging from acrylic and watercolor paints, colored pencil, puffy paint, gold leaf, and other mixed media materials. My goal is to empower the viewer to pursue art interests, collections, and their own creative expression.
I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities to create and bring the arts to others.