Christopher's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team BNE

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Berkeley, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 9

  • ON DVD:

CHRISTOPHER BROWN

Painter

“You don't want your life to be this perfect, uptight experience. You want to be able to say, 'Yeah...I lived. I really lived. And I didn't live in a box.'”

INTERESTS:

Art

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Doubt Hard Work Individualism Perseverance Talent Dedication Determination Exploration Failure Experience Fulfillment Success Fear Societal Pressures Instincts Pressure

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

discipline, freedom, grad school, graduate, happiness, journalism, meditation, mistakes, monk, motivation, odd jobs, painting, perfection, routine, school, self discipline, skills, stories, unique, writing

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Was a small kid, knew he wasn’t going to be picked first in sports; developed the greatest endurance to make up for small stature.
  • Says practicing endurance, making himself sit down and doing things for extended periods of time helped his painting down the line.
  • “Had a lot of doubts,” thought he should be a writer, wrote for his college newspaper in graduate school.
  • Even as he started to realize art was his passion, he wrote art criticism—writing was safer, he didn’t think his art was good enough.
  • Loves the freedom that being an artist affords: he can pick how often and when to paint, he travels often.
  • Says some artists work like businesses: focus on brand, end product; he works in the opposite mindset, loves the process.
  • Isn’t afraid to change his mind about his art; he’ll sand away three years of work if he has a better idea for a painting.
  • Says we’re all 99.999% the same; it’s your job to find that .001% that makes you different and act on it.

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