Interview with Brandy Byhoffer

Last week, Brandy Byhoffer, hung up some of her food art, which have made all our mouths water. Her work typically revolves around food, vibrantly depicted with bright colors and pop art style. Thanks to Brandy, our space has truly come to life. We sat to learn more about her journey thus far as an artist.

Tell me a bit about yourself and your background as an artist.

I was born and raised in Southern California. My dad used to draw cartoons so I think that’s one of the reasons why I grew up drawing and started taking art classes. I drew horses, mainly, because I was very in love with horses. Eventually, I stopped doing art in my teen years but picked it back up when I did AP art in high school. My work has only truly been consistent, though, in the last couple of years.

Did you always know you were going to pursue art?

Yes and no. I knew I’d be in a creative field of some sort, but I never dreamed of being an artist specifically because I was unsure of what that entailed. I wanted to be a writer for a long time, but then settled on film and went to film school. But the film industry is so rough that I quickly decided that wasn’t the career for me. I still make YouTube videos but I center them mostly around my artwork.

Do you have a favorite project or artwork?

Yes! The work I’m doing now with spray paint and paint pens is my absolute new favorite thing. I’ve only made a couple pieces like it now, even though it’s similar to work I’ve been doing for the last few months. It feels like I’m really hitting a stride with a style that’s uniquely my own and that feels really great. I just really love the way it looks and it’s really fun to make.

I see that a good majority of your work is food art. Does this stem from your love for food? Where’s the inspiration?

You know I’m really not sure why food, however, I do like to eat and it has somehow made its way into my art. Doughnuts are my number one food and I painted one a couple years ago and kind of ran with the theme of food from there. I wouldn’t call myself a foodie per se, but I am very interested in food. A lot of the food I enjoy is kind of junky, like hot dogs, burgers, doughnuts, etc. I’ve always liked watching food shows, not cooking shows necessarily, but shows where people go to popular restaurants and eat delicious things. That seems like the life to me!

What’s one of the biggest struggles for you individually and/or as an artist?

Being in a creative field means working my way into this being a living. So I battle patience a lot, for not being where I want to be in terms of my career. I’m fortunate enough now that besides my part time job I can devote the rest of my time entirely to my art and YouTube videos. I have to constantly remember that things take time and if I just keep going and doing what I’m doing, I’ll get to where I want to go.

Who are some artists or individuals you look up to?

Picasso. The dude mastered every style, made tons of work, and his entire life was art. And he made a killer living doing it. Wes Anderson, the filmmaker. He’s someone who honed his craft and has a very unique style. Casey Neistat, for getting me into making YouTube videos. Kate McKinnon. I remember seeing her on the Big Gay Sketch Show back in 2008 and now she’s a full-fledged star. She’s just a remarkable, good hearted woman who has really paved her own way and I admire that a lot.

I’m aware that you’re also a vlogger on YouTube as well — talk about being multi-talented! How and when did you decide to venture into this?

Thank you!! I decided to finally do this last year after binge watching Casey Neistat on YouTube. I had thought about it before and made a couple of YouTube videos, but then decided that I should really commit to it. I started daily vlogging for a few months, but dropped it down to a couple times a week. My daily vlogging didn’t necessarily feature my art, so at the end of the year I re-evaluated how I wanted my YouTube presence to look, and decided that art is what I really love and that my vlogs should happen because of my art.

What are some of your upcoming projects or goals?

I have a couple of commissions that I’m working on now, but besides that I’m going to just go hard on the style I’ve been developing. I’m not sure what’s next for me in terms of showing my work/getting my work out there but right now I really just want to make a full body of work, so that’s my number one goal at the moment.

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