A visit to Brian Fisher’s studio will NOT disappoint! Not only is he just really kind and an all around awesome person, but his art is AMAZING! Read on to learn a bit more….
VH: From where do you hail?
Brian: I’ve lived in McDonald Kansas, Manhattan Kansas, Centerport New York, Dallas Texas, Seattle Washington and on Vashon Island for the past 29 years.
VH: How did you arrive here on Vashon?
Brian: I first came to Vashon on a late July day-trip with a visiting friend. He’d rented a red Mustang convertible and we decided Vashon was our open air destination. The island was so green and sooo funky. It was love at first sight.
VH: Tell us all about your work.
Brian: I am a visual artist and Brian Fisher Studio and Gallery, 23520 147th Ave. SW, is just that, my creative space. That’s where, on Vashon Island, you will find me working and can see the print, paint and three dimensional art that I make. (you can visit Brian during the VIVA Studio Tour).
VH: How did you get started and what inspires your work?
Brian: In 1997, at Quartermaster Press, Vashon Island, I became enamored of monotype print process and its infinite possibilities. Almost all the art I create now- print, oil on canvas, even my assemblage art, in some way employs or is informed by monotype printmaking.
I grew up in a home that valued and told stories as entertainment but also as lessons. Story continues to occupy how I evaluate and experience our world. The stories I choose to visually explore are personally relevant but often fall within the realm of classical myth. These are quite often tales that subtly hide beneath the names we recognize as products and companies of modern consumerism: Amazon; Nike, Vulcan, Oracle, Delphi, Ares, Delphi, Argos… to name a few. The list goes on and on. Western myth is a long and connected story.
VH: What is your superpower?
Brian: I open windows onto story.
VH: When you have company visiting the island, where do you like to take them?
Brian: We visit with island friends, but when we get out- Vashon Adventure, Gather Gallery, Herban Bloom, Vashon Pharmacy, Vashon Saturday Market, Vashon Center for the Arts, Kronos, Maisie’s and Greg’s- Rock Island Pizza, Pepa’s and Drey’s – Gravy, Melinda’s – Hardware Store Restaurant.
VH: What’s next for your business?
Brian: Online sales of cards, garden art and selected ltd. edition print imagery, next year!
VH: What’s the best thing you ever bought at Granny’s? 🙂
Brian: Table linens, large and small! I use them as substrate for my vintage linen rust prints.
You can learn more about Brian and see more of his work on his website.