Washington native Cory Brown makes his living as an illustrator and painter, selling the majority of his art at comic book and horror conventions across Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Brown, 28, says his work has been influenced by the likes of Andy Warhol and Ralph Steadman. He studied commercial art at Vincennes University and animation at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa, Fla. Brown has exhibited his work in major cities like Nashville, Tenn., and Chicago and has had been featured at local shows in Vincennes and the Daviess County Fair.
Brown has painted cereal box and movie characters and everything in between.
He also does work on commission. "I can paint or draw whatever someone would like me to," he said. The cost of Brown's art varies but is typically between $20 and $500 depending on the location.
"I try to have something for everyone price wise and I try to work with people on what they can afford. I want people to be able to buy a piece of art and not feel like they have spent a fortune." Brown also sells art prints and trading cards featuring some of his pieces.
Since Brown sells most of his art at various conventions, he travels frequently but he said the trips are worth it. Through his travels, he has been able to meet and sell his art to famous people such as Gunner Hansen, the original Leatherface from "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," and George Romero, the director of "Dawn of the Dead," and many other zombie movies among others.
The road to Brown's success has not been automatic. "It takes time to get going with this. I've put in five hard years to get established," said Brown. While it is much harder to sell art in primarily rural areas, Brown hopes that more local people become aware that affordable artists are out there.
He is hoping to have an "art in the park" day sometime in May at the Plainville City Park. "This is a chance for people to come out and paint, draw, take photos, whatever they'd like to do. I just want to get people thinking about and taking an interest art of all kinds." Anyone will welcome to attend the event and other artists will be invited as well.
That doesn't mean locals have to travel far to purchase his work. He will have his art available for purchase at the Daviess County Fair June 21-29 where he will also be raffling one of his pieces. Brown will also have a booth at the "Days of the Dead" convention in Indianapolis July 5 -7. He is always looking for places to display his work as well.
For more information on Brown's art or to view his work, visit his Facebook page or cbgrfix.com.