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Artist of the Month: Leigh Anne Brader

Leigh Anne Brader | Art Education Major | Sophomore

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What first made you interested in art and why?

I’ve always enjoyed drawing for fun, but I really became interested in art through photography. When I was in middle school I would be on Flickr every day looking through other people’s art. I eventually bought a point-and-shoot digital camera that I brought with me everywhere. I really enjoyed being able to capture every day moments and loved to share them with friends and family. When I was in high school my dad gave me his old Canon A-1 film camera, then I got a DSLR camera for Christmas; I took pictures every day. Later on I took AP Studio Art with a bunch of my good friends and that’s when I realized I wanted to teach art.

How would you describe your style?

Since I’ve been in college, my art has been sort of all over the place. Which is probably because I have to take classes in all media, which makes each piece I’ve made very different. My photography is pretty candid and real, and my drawing and digital art is more loose and abstract.

What is your favorite medium?

I’ve realized recently that I prefer photography and digital art over 2D studio art. Honestly, it might be because I think I make better work when I’m concentrating on photography and digital art.

What inspires you to continue producing art?

I think my inspiration continues because I’ve met a lot of my closest friends here at Towson in art classes. Being around people with the same passion for art makes it easy to push myself and continue. I still regularly look at art on Flickr and Tumblr, and I follow a lot of artists on Instagram.

What have you learned about yourself through art?

Through art I’ve learned that I’m sort of anal and anxious about the outcome of my work. If it’s not up to my own standards, I don’t want other people to see it. That’s why I’ve been getting more into abstraction because I want to be able to let loose more- both with my art and with my personality and actions. Art is a good therapy.

Where do you see yourself as an artist in 10 years?
I plan on being a teacher and getting a Masters degree in Special Ed. My dream is to be an art teacher for a class of Special Ed students. So as an artist in 10 years, I think I’ll mostly be making art as examples for projects for my classes and taking photos of my family and friends for personal projects.

Who are your favorite artists?

I have a lot of favorite artists. Here they are listed by different mediums: 


Megan Koth and Charmaine Olivia


Kelly Gillerean


Andrada Anghel


John Loengard


David Oliveira and Anthony Foo


Kyra Cane

And finally, where can we see more of your art?

Here is my Flickr account: 


I'm a sophomore at Towson University, and am originally from Gaithersburg, MD. I'm double majoring in advertising and public relations, with a minor in marketing and Italian. I love fashion, photography, playing the violin, listening to all types of music, history, and going on adventures with friends.
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