About

Neil Brooks

Three large paintings in Artist Alliance Group show at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside CA.

I work and live in Carlsbad, California.
I sell my work at the Surf Hut Art Gallery, 694 N. Hwy 101, in Lucadia Ca. ,
also thru group shows or solo opportunities.
I always appreciate and like to hear from anyone interested in my work,
or from anyone who might have a lead or information about gallery opportunities.

I do my initial drawings, watercolors, or oils on site – usually doing them with no eye toward a finished painting.
Then I go back thru sketches to work tentative ideas with pencil/charcoal/oil/pastel on large canvas stretched on garage wall,
trying to mix and match sketches till I hit on something that I will do rough. I try to hold off on a “finished” painting as long
as possible while making marks and laying on color – so there are always little doors to sneak thru –
not painting myself into a corner so to speak.
At that point I usually go back on site to look at places where I did the initial drawings,
trying to get the studio painting and on site reactions to work together somehow.
I do smaller finished paintings on site sometimes, but lately prefer to work in the studio most of the time for finishing work.