Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandin Hurley.
Brandin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I cannot remember a time when I did not have a pencil, pen, or paintbrush in my hand. It isn’t something I ever questioned – my desire to create – it was just there, inherent, in every ounce of me. My parents provided me with endless art supplies and tools to create, and I never stopped.
What began as a solely fine art obsession grew into a desire to make something larger, more encompassing. This led to a pursuit of theatrical scenic design, in which I received my undergraduate and master’s degrees. Working in theater taught me about large scale installations, the joys of playing with light and endless painting techniques.
When I graduated, I spent the first few years exploring, trying my hand at window displays, artistic installations, light boxes, murals, chalk art and scenic painting. I slowly learned the business side of art, grew a client base, found a wonderful community of like-minded artists, and created in any way that was available to me. I now focus primarily on murals and site-specific installations.
Has it been a smooth road?
There are certainly considerable troubles associated with being a freelance artist. I waited tables for several years while also working full time designing and attempting to get my work out there. The business side of art can also present quite a challenge for a young artist. As most artists achieve their goals in various ways, there is not always a clear path to follow. I slowly learned how to market myself, create lasting client relationships, and create a design process that produces art that both the client and I can be proud of. In the end, I’ve learned that the most important elements are reliability, passion, and clarity.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Brandin Hurley Designs – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I work in an array of artistic mediums but focus on murals and site-specific artistic and visual merchandising installations.
With a background in scenic design, extensive experience in fine art and mural work, and a passion for new projects, I have cultivated a unique blend of artistic expression and professional execution. I have worked in a variety of capacities, including large-scale scenic painting and design for theatrical productions, murals and faux-finishes that incorporate seamlessly into the decor of personal homes, and bold outdoor murals for restaurants, shops, and other businesses. What sets me apart is this range of experiences that have broadened my abilities and versatility. I pride myself on being able to see any style of the project through from conception to completion while communicating clearly with the client and producing renderings that show them exactly what to expect from their finished mural or installation.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the life of Chicago – the desire for personal expression within neighborhoods, the atmosphere of change and expectation of something fresh constantly beyond the horizon. The city doesn’t allow itself to become stagnant, or be pushed into submission – clearly displayed by the brave souls who can always be found running the lakefront trail in crashing rain or falling snow. We take our work and our play equally seriously, and our playing creates some truly beautiful art, and an incredibly vibrant city.
The only thing I dislike about Chicago is that it isn’t surrounded by the towering redwoods and salty Pacific Ocean where I grew up. I miss the feeling of the light in the trees and the crisp air of the mountains – so these are often the feelings that I attempt to capture within my art.
- Each project’s pricing is dependent on many factors, including location, detail desired, and density of the design. However, a general pricing model for Murals is $20/square foot.
- Address: 4619 N Paulina. Chicago, IL 60640
- Website: www.brandinhurleydesigns.com
- Phone: 7073226770
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @brandin.hurley