About Berly Brown


I build images examining how paint can describe diverse sensory stimuli. This springs from a desire to manifest interior sensations into visceral and visually tactile experiences for the viewer, suggesting multiple perspectives or layers of reality existing simultaneously and often in flux. I am interested in controlling the way a painting unfolds over time for the viewer, offering variable interpretations of initially recognizable narrative imagery. This emerges from a fascination with the extrapolation of meaning from experience. 

My areas of research and conceptual ideas explore the psychology of anthropomorphism in religious and spiritual experience, the subjective nature of perception, and rituals of self-inquiry involved with multi-sensory sensation. Process is just as important to me as product. My own interpretations of visual, auditory, and emotional stimuli provides a foundation for my formal approach to mark-making and is often combined with narrative elements to create texturally rich and visually stimulating imagery as a form of story-telling.

Influenced by personal history, spiritual/scientific themes, music, cartoons, and digital media, my paintings inform and expand on each other and I consider each as part of a larger canon or environment. I use multiple layers of paint material, ranging from liquid veils of acrylic and oil paint, to thick, sculptural application of gloss polymer, dry fillers, and glass beads. The glass beads create moments of reflective light that depend on the source, the amount of light available, and the viewers’ physical relationship to the work. This is meant to simulate transitory tactile sensations felt in the body as well as those found in nature.