As a young child, Mrs. Brown was surrounded by artists, writers, poets, dancers, and patrons, mixed with a collection of intriguing and interesting people. Her father, John Brady, an artist, along with a number of other artists, questioned, argued, and debated the subjects of their time. This passion and love of art from a young age has remained a big part of her life.
Brown graduated high school from North Carolina School of the Arts and continued her studies at Appalachian State University with a degree in art education. She left North Carolina to attend graduate school in New York at Pratt Institute. These experiences became a fountain of knowledge, opening the door to learning never expressed in her work until now. She returned home to share her excitement in the arts with a new career in teaching. It didn’t take long to realize that being a high school art teacher was a very humbling profession. Throughout her twenty-one years in this field, she truly believed that she learned as much from her students as they did from her.
After a full and rewarding career, she retired to start a family. She and her husband, William Brown, decided to go to Russia to adopt their first child, Alexandria. Two years later, they returned to Saint Petersburg and adopted their son, Peter. Being a mother and wife added a new dimension of love to her life! As her kids grew, she turned her creative talents to writing and illustrating children’s books, which gave her a new tool to inspire her students in all levels. The full circle has been reached as she shares her passion for art with young readers.