Tuesday, March 19, 2013

15 Questions for Brandon

Name: Brandon Thomas McLean
Birthday: May 17th, 1981

1. Where are your family roots from?
I'm a native Floridian. I grew up in the West Palm Beach area, and spent a lot of time in the Florida Keys also.
2. How have your parents/guardian influenced you?
My parent's were always supportive of my interests growing up from sports, to art. They both always just instilled in me to work hard and to try my best. My Dad has passed on now, but I still find myself listening to his advice, and trying to recollect things he taught me. I wish I remembered more.
3. Can you remember your earliest childhood memory of happiness and that of fear?
I think the earliest childhood memory from happiness was when my sister was born. I had just turned four, and I remember my dad taking my brother and I to Pizza Hut, and then the hospital to see her. The earliest memory from fear was when I thought I saw someone peeping through my window in the middle of the night, and I proceeded to sleep on my parents floor everynight after that for months.
4. Is there something in your life that you feel very passionate about?
Not one particular something. I think I have passion in a lot of the different things I do or get into. But, I also like breaks from them. So it may be an intense period of interest for a short time, but then I need to get away from it too.
5. If you could be any animal, what animal would that be? plant? and insect? why?
House Cat. They seem like they have it pretty good. For plants I'm going to go with a fern. Just being quiet, and mellow, hanging out in the shade. As far as an insect goes, I'd be a love bug. Have sex all day then get squashed by a Buick.

6. What is it about being an Artist that keeps you satisfied for it to be your career?
I think the process of making art is what satisfies me the most. I care about the finished product, but most of the time for me it's the time spent alone making something, and the discoveries of right directions for things in that moment. I'll come to dislike it later on more than likely, but for a minute there I felt so right and confident in a decision to add blue, or put a mark there. That moment when you feel completly right.

7. What is your process? medium? and heroes? I'm rather haphazard and sporadic in my process. I'm influenced by all kinds of things, and I'm generally pretty disorgainzed, so I find myself getting into working in all kinds of ways. From outside influences, inner ideas, or just the need to get in there and put the work in. I mainly work with mixed media, especially collage & photo copy transfers. I have no heroes. But I admire and respect people who go their own way, and break molds.

8. Can you tell us something that you just learned that intrigued you?
Just read a book on the Escape From Alcatraz, "Riddle of The Rock." I love that there is no conclusion. We'll never know for sure what happened to those guys. I like real life mystery.
9. What is your perception of how people see you?
Most people probably say I'm quiet.
10. What are you listening to these days?
The Black Angels. Literally for weeks now. Also Allah Las.
11. What's the best and worst decision you ever made?
Hannah & Hannah.

12. Can you narrate to me your proudest moment?
Summer League Basketball. The eighth grade. Team Allied Exterminating down by two, final seconds. Pass down low to me. I go up. Get fouled, and make it just as the buzzer sounds. Head out to the free-throw line. The court's cleared. Only me. Sunk it!. Win by one.
13. What do you find most ridiculous about life?
Politics and Religion. 
14. Can you share a topic that causes your blood to boil?
How generally bad people are to one another.
15. If you could take a peek in your future (say 10 years from now), what would it look like?
I hope to find myself in the woods sitting on the porch of a modest home having morning coffee with my beautiful wife.

Thanks Brandon!

Check out his website:  http://www.brandontmclean.com

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