Biography: Trish Brownlee is a mixed media artist, photographer, and educator. She is a published photographer and exhibiting fine artist. Her process explores traditional media such as papermaking, printmaking and painting integrated with photography, digital tools and technology. She is an exhibiting and teaching artist, leading workshops in papermaking for youth and adults. Her creative practice embraces transformation and storytelling. Trish is a 2016 & 2013 recipient of the Regional Artist Grant from the Arts Council of Cumberland County. Trish attended the 2015 Penland School of Crafts winter residency in papermaking, and served as Artist-in-Residence at Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Summer 2017.
Trish earned her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2015, and her Bachelors of Arts in Visual Arts from Fayetteville State University in 2012. She is a licensed K-12 Art Educator and currently teaches visual arts programs at the Capitol Encore Academy, while serving as the school’s arts integration facilitator and co-chair of the arts team. She is also an independent photographer specializing in portraits, events and documentary work.
Trish served the U.S. Air Force and Army as a photographer in active, reserve, contractor and civil service positions in various locations from 2004-2011. She is the spouse of a disabled, combat veteran. After studying the history of art in war and the uses of art in veteran treatment programs during her master's program, Trish is now using art as tool for veteran advocacy.
In 2016, Trish launched Breaking Rag: A Veteran, Family & Community Art Project in Fort Bragg and surrounding communities. Breaking Rag is veteran, family and community art project, focusing on making handmade paper from military uniforms in a open forum, creating a safe space for storytelling and sharing of the veteran experience through the arts.
For more information: www.breakingrag.works