Artist Interview: Kayleigh Brand now and what’s next

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What other artists or things (music, performances, family, friends, etc…) influence your work?.

My earliest influence was seeing my great grandmother’s work when I would visit her house. Now a day my inspiration is fueled by feedback from other artists in the web comic business, and a copious amount of Disney music and show tunes to keep me working.

Is there a technique or medium that you haven’t tried but want to? 

I would love a chance to work with animation. It’s a medium I’ve always been interested in but I have never had the time to devote to it.

What are your plans for after graduation? 

I plan to continue my work with my current story line. Each of my characters will get their own segment in the story, and will be available both in print and online to read.

What other jobs have you done other than being an artist? 

I’ve worked closely with animals for most of my life. I’ve worked at a doggie daycare, animal shelter, and as a dog trainer for local residence of my home town.

Do you plan on being a fulltime artist or do you plan on having a separate career along side of your artistic practices?

I plan to continue my artistic work part-time until I can find a full-time job involving it.  After graduation I plan to find a job outside the artistic world in order to start saving money, however I eventually want to start up a costume commission business and utilize the conventions I go to by selling my art in their artist alleys.

See more about Kayleigh hereAnd be sure to check out her work in Elemental Connections: MCLA’s Senior Art Show!

Opening reception Thursday April 24th from 5pm to 7pm. Elemental Connections runs through May 25th  at MCLA Gallery 51, open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Gallery at 413-664-8718, or go to www.mcla.edu/gallery51.