We had the good fortune of connecting with Bronle Crosby and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bronle, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
Helping my children learn to quiet themselves, entertain themselves, focus, and reap the benefits of being thoroughly bored if necessary to kick start creativity and inventiveness. And fostering a love of reading and stories. Some of this was reinforced and accentuated by Montessori elementary school, which emphasizes self motivation and time management and skill acquisition, in addition to clear and logical instructional techniques.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
From afar, my paintings have a photographic quality; up close they are enigmatic swooshes of color and line. I think of them as “abstract realism” because of the focus: I paint macro-views of corners of the big picture of life, in nuanced colors and painterly detail. My goal is to invoke quiet and contemplation of the extraordinary beauty in the ordinary. To that end, my subjects are moments of transition in nature, before the subject is altered forever: the widening ripples on the pond between raindrops; the potent interaction of blossom and bee; the breath before the bubble shatters; the moment before the egg releases the chick. Blink, and the moment passes. My paintings hold onto them, and allow contemplation to continue. I began selling my artwork when I found a studio in a part of town that featured a monthly art walk evening. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn to talk about my work, and to see what viewers were thinking and feeling when they looked at it. I dived into social media and marketing, took courses with art business coaches, set up an organized business and all the necessary documents and photographic records, and I entered shows. I found gallery representation as well, and an artists’ representative. The challenges I found toughest were allotting the time needed to do the legwork of marketing, learning all the software necessary to run websites and keep up with technical changes and requirements, and putting myself out into the world. Rejection is a large part of that, and that is not something most people deal with daily, as artists do. But I learned that follow through and persistence are absolutely necessary to getting eyes on the work. The best thing I did was to find other artists whose work and sensibilities I admired, and to form a mastermind group. We shared expertise, critique sessions, marketing back up and support, reading materials, research, and life wisdom. It was invaluable. If you can find people to work with like that, do it. What I want people to take away from looking at my work is that yes, skill is involved, and yes, time is a huge factor, and yes, seeing the world differently than you might usually do is valuable and exciting. But mostly, I would love to think that my paintings bring a sense of relaxation and focus and centering to the viewer; that recognizing that what at first may look like mere pattern is in fact a familiar, ordinary subject, seen differently. Learning to see is moving, and brings meaning to peering out a window or examining a detail. Knowing that the world is full of miracles of the moment is riveting. Finding beauty in the usual is precious.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
C-Level restaurant in San Diego Harbor is where I take out of towners first. The deck has a sweeping view back at the city’s downtown and marinas. Balboa Park is on every visitor’s must-do list, and I love the Mingei folk art Museum, the Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego Museum, Old Globe campus. Extraordinary Desserts is nearby with truly extraordinary treats. Cocktails atop Mr. A’s restaurant, a quick walk from Balboa Park, features panoramic vistas of the city and harbor. The beaches in La Jolla are stellar, especially in winter when the crowds are manageable. Torrey Pines park and beach are extraordinarily beautiful. Heading north on the coast, various sloughs and estuaries offer gorgeous walks with wildlife, both seashore and land-based flora and fauna. The Encinitas Pannikin coffee house inside the original 1900 train station, now painted sunshine yellow, is a charming place for good coffee and visiting (and sketching, if you are so inclined). The mission at San Juan Capistrano is beautiful and a step into California history; nearby is a good family run Mexican restaurant called El Maguey, and Cedar Creek Inn for patio dining. Julian, a small town that was founded during the gold rush years, is a fun destination in what we call “the back country”, and the drive there through Cuyamaca is both scenic, and encouraging, as it shows how the area is recovering from fires a few years back. A stop at Julian Pie Company in town is a must. Or the one in Santa Ysabel, across the street from which is the surprising and wonderful Santa Ysabel Art Gallery that features local artists, including James Hubble.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I come from several generations of creative folks: a watercolorist, a photographer, a silversmith, an art historian, a pastelist, an organist, a rock and roll musician. All of that led me to believe that creativity was as normal as breathing, that everyone is an artist of some kind, and that pursuing the arts was not frivolous or foolish, but perfectly part of the plan. So thank you ancestors, siblings, parents, and family friends for all that artistic air I was lucky enough to breathe growing up.

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