Brian David Johnson has been designing and building custom furniture in East Austin since establishing his own studio in 2002. His focus has shifted in the past 8 years to hand made decor, art and jewelry. Though functional in nature, his decor has a sculptural quality utilizing decorative resin. In the beginning of 2016 Brian established Cloud Tree and its store front gallery space, realizing a long held dream of having a place to show case his work along with that of other local artists. In addition to the offerings available at Cloud Tree, his work along with his podcast Craft Works Dialogue is also available at bdj.gallery.
Bee Amour Jewelry is a unique line of bee-centric jewelry created by designer and backyard beekeeper Anna Gieselman. She was born and raised in Austin Texas and currently handcrafts each piece in her studio space at Cloud Tree. Anna went to art school in Santa Fe NM to study photography however all of her jewelry skills were self taught until she took a casting class and cast some honeycomb from one of her bee hives. Anna began keeping bees in 2009 and can honestly say there is never a dull day beekeeping! She continues to draw inspiration from these amazing creatures and uses her craft to raise awareness about the importance of pollinators.
In addition to running a jewelry company Anna also manages a growing urban apiary in partnership with Milk + Honey Spa and runs a beekeeping apprenticeship program. Every Bee Amour purchase you make supports her creative vision and mission to help save the bees.
100+ temperatures and cedar allergies aside, this Córdoba, Argentina native loves life in Austin. He was inspired to pursue art a few years after his move to Austin in 2007, and his work has been evolving ever since.
“I have learned a lot about myself and the magical world of art. I have found that the experience of painting murals and collaborating with other artists have added new elements to my life. There are new challenges and things to learn constantly. Making art can be intimidating at times, but so fun and rewarding”.
Some of the key elements for surviving and thriving are his family and friends, traveling, non-processed foods, a peaceful morning and out-of-the-city fresh air.
The human face is so intriguing because it holds so much information beyond its obvious form and function. Subtle movements give away true feelings. But what if the only image we have of a subject is one that has been captured in a snap shot, just an instance frozen in time? How do we truly know them? I think about how thoughts can be hidden behind a smile or a stoic face. Each viewer has their own perception of who the subject is but who are they really? What is their life really like?
My work is an exploration of the multiple selves we all possess in an attempt to find one’s most authentic self. To do so I must discover the story within. Yes, it’s a painted portrait, but it’s more than just an instance. Do you see them? Really see them? I challenge the viewer to look a little closer.
After a year and a half of travel on the open road and deep reflection, I now set off to paint the many amazing people in my life who have inspired and intrigued me.