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"Soon I was being interviewed about my work and getting commissions from other hotels and businesses for
large framed pieces, as well as ceiling and wall murals," he
says. "It was quite a rush."
	 In	1974,	Brian	made	his	first	trip	across	the	pond	to	
the United States to do another series of paintings for the
Lowes hotels of New York. Enamored by the new world he
found himself in, he set out to see every state, painting
whatever caught his artistic eye.
"I've seen the Andes, traveled the Amazon and worked
for circuses," he recalls. "I've met people who'd never seen
other humans besides their own tribe before. The world is
an amazing place, full of visions to paint and create.
"I played harmonica and sketched to make money as I
traveled," Brian says. "That's not everyone's ideal life, but I
would do it over again, if I could."
Eventually his travels led him through the Ozarks,
where he fell in love with the beauty of Missouri. He eventually purchased a condemned 1890s two-story general
store and began restoring it himself.
Brian named the building Tower House Studio. The
large open downstairs area allows him to paint, work on
sculptures and backdrops when commissioned while the
upstairs is an open loft apartment where he lives.
The large space, with an expansive wall area, has
allowed him to work on dozens of touring shows such as
"Beauty and The Beast," "Into The Woods," "Little Mermaid" and "The Promise".
He says when he works on backdrops he usually doesn't
read	the	script	first,	just	listens	to	what	the	director	wants	
so he can interpret that and make a functional, good looking	piece.	"I	just	let	my	imagination	run	with	the	idea,"	
says Brian. "That method has always worked for me."
	 Most	days	now	find	Brian	working	in	his	Galena	studio, usually on large sculptures, but you can see art from
throughout his life framed and hanging on one large wall.
The small entry room showcases some of his unique sculpture work. His most recent piece is ready to head to a
foundry to be cast upon purchase.
"I call her Lady Justice," he says of the 9-foot-7-inch
figure	standing	in	the	studio.	"I	created	her	on	speculation	
in hopes someone like The American Bar Association or
a state capitol, courthouse or law school might purchase
her."
The giant dog sculpture and red dragon currently greet
guests in the front entrance of the studio. "The dragon is
also a rocking chair. There's usually a line down the street
at Halloween when the dragon is really spewing smoke.
Everybody wants a photo taken with it."
His sculpture, Angel at Patmos, stands in the front window and usually puzzles people, according to the artist. "It
can seem a bit ominous or odd until I explain what it represents to me. It's a little deep."

Top: Seahorse molds lean on a machine Brian built to help him make
silicone molds for objects. Right: A giant paintbrush dripping with
paint serves as Brian's logo sign in the foyer of Tower House Studio in
Galena.

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