Recently, I joined an up and coming social media platform called Holonis. You all should definitely check it out. I love the way it’s laid out, and it allows you to kind of have one central place for everything. Anyway, one of my favorite things about it is that it has allowed me to meet many creative individuals and artists, one of them being Kristen Brown. I could get lost staring at her work for hours. It’s so intricate and detailed, and there are so many layers. I really love it.
So I asked Kristen if she’d like to stop by the blog to talk creative process, and she agreed! So here you go, everyone. An interview with Kristen Brown.
What is your main form of creative expression?
Painting and music are my main forms of creative expression. Currently, my favorite size canvas to paint is 5’x7′, though I would really like to paint a 5’x12′ soon. When I finish a new song, I keep it on constant replay for a couple of days. Both painting and producing electronic music, are creating something where there was once nothing, which I find to be highly addictive.
Do you work as an artist/creative full-time or do you have a different day job?
I am a full-time artist, though painting and producing electronic music doesn’t exactly feel like a job. I paint and produce music, strictly to comfort myself; like art therapy and music therapy, but on a professional level.
How long have you been creating paintings, books, and music?
I’ve been creative my entire life, using various artistic means to comfort myself, such as singing, writing, composing music, and sketching. I published my life story, WHAT DIDN’T KILL ME, in 2011. I painted murals in the 1990’s, houses known as “painted ladies” in the early 2000s, and I started painting on canvas in 2012. Fans of my artwork were requesting videos so they could watch me paint, so I began producing electronic music (under my nickname, Lethal Princess) in July 2017, to use in my painting videos on YouTube. Producing electronic music is as addictive as painting, so I decided to continue producing music, beyond just the art videos. I’m sure I’m leaving out a lot, it’s just hard to remember because I’ve never seen my art or music as a job.
How do you handle the pressures of creativity being your job?
“If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.” I love to create paintings and music, so it’s more like comfort than work. It’s actually not as time-consuming as one would expect. Whether it’s art or music, I tend to start and finish a project within one day; sometimes in just a few hours.
Do you engage in any additional creative hobbies? Are there any you’d like to try?
I consider producing electronic music to be music therapy, but I guess it could be considered a hobby since it makes me happy.
Why do you create?
Each of my paintings is a cipher that tells my story, but only I have the key. My creations are a form of self-expression, without the other person being aware of what exactly I’m sharing of myself. My deepest emotions are camouflaged in art and music. I create to comfort myself, but I share it to comfort others. Art heals both the creator and the viewer.
What advice do you have for other creatives?
I don’t believe creative people need advice. Creating isn’t something I do, but rather a tangible expression of who I am and how I feel. I wouldn’t know how to advise anyone on being creative, because I couldn’t imagine how to advise someone how to express who they are or how they feel.
Who are some other artists and creatives that inspire you to create?
What are you working on now?
I don’t like to start a painting, or a track, unless I can finish it the same day without taking a break. I’m very impatient, easily distracted, and the emotions I create from come in surges, so it’s better to create a project in one session. I painted two canvases yesterday, and I have three tracks awaiting rap vocals before I can release them. It’s frustrating to wait, but I think my music better expresses more emotion when I collaborate with various vocalists.
Where can people find you and your work?
Most of my artwork can be viewed on Saatchiart, as well as on the social media sites LinkedIn, and Holonis. My “Lethal Princess” music is available on iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, and several other digital music outlets.
Artwork on Saatchiart: https://www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/973086
Music on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lethal_princess/tracks
Kristen Brown on Holonis: https://www.holonis.com/kristenbrown-artwork
Lethal Princess on Holonis: https://www.holonis.com/lethal-princess