Where are you from?
Brittney: I was born in San Diego, and I was raised in Las Vegas.
What’s the last gift you gave someone?
Brittney: The last gift that I gave someone was the Sony one-shot camera. I gave it to my boyfriend.
What’s your favorite holiday?
Brittney: Halloween. I just love the idea of costumes and how everyone gets into it.
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Brittney: My favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip.
What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
What do you think is the greatest invention of all time?
Brittney: The greatest invention of all time is probably the iPhone. You do everything on it. It’s one-stop.
If you could ask the President one question, what would it be?
Brittney: If I could ask the President one thing it would probably just be, “Why?” just one word, “Why?”
What is your favorite family tradition?
Brittney: My favorite family tradition is that everyone gets together on either Thanksgiving or Christmas. We have to choose one of those holidays per year. We all live in different places, and lives happen, but it’s either Thanksgiving or Christmas, and we all join together on that day.
If you could shop for free at one store, which one would you choose?
Brittney: Blick Art Materials and I would get all the arts and crafts things that I genuinely use and would love to play with.
What would your best friend say is your best quality?
Brittney: Well, I think that they would say that, I’m extremely loyal and thoughtful as a friend.
What would they say is your worst?
Brittney: I have the patience of a four-year-old, and I’m extremely forgetful.
If I gave you a million dollars to do something charitable, what would you do?
Brittney: Right now, I’m working with the amFAR, which is the fight for a cure to HIV. I would definitely want to continue to push for the cure.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Brittney: The best piece of advice I think I’ve ever received was to just be in the moment and live for now and stop worrying so much about things that you can’t control.
Who or what is your biggest career inspiration?
Brittney: I love Frida Kahlo as an artist and I love how our stories are kind of similar. When I became a painter I was injured in a car accident and I couldn’t do what I was doing before. I was a professional dancer. Frida became an artist in the exact same way. She was in an accident and she would just paint from her bed. I feel a connection with Frida. As an artist, I have the most respect for her.
Favorite career moment?
Brittney: My favorite career moment just happened when I was able to donate a painting to the Empire Gala in Hong Kong. This gala was honoring Kos which is another amazing artist that’s very well known right now. My art was hung alongside of Andy Warhol.
Most embarrassing career moment?
Brittney:I’m lucky to not have too much responsibility as far as working as an octagon girl but, I think it was when I was a professional dancer.We used to have props and what not and I dropped my cane that we were dancing with. All you heard was ting, ting, ting, ting, and the whole house sighed. [chuckles]
If you could go to lunch with any artist, past or present, who would it be?
Brittney: If I could go to lunch with any artist, I would have to go with Frida but I would love to meet Van Gogh or Jean-Michel Basquiat. I think that would be amazing.
If you could experiment with any other career, what would it be?
Brittney: I always wanted to be an attorney when I was growing up. I like to argue and I’m good at it. I was debate team in high school so I think that that would have been the chosen profession.
Knowing what you know now and having had the experience you’ve had, what advice would you go back and give your younger self?
Brittney: There’s so many things [chuckles]. The only thing is, if I give myself too many answers I feel like I wouldn’t be here. I think I would just go way back, and tell myself to do better in high school. I spent a lot of my high school just being the little bad stoner chick who ditched and didn’t really pay attention. I think that would have probably been good advise.
What is your biggest inspiration as an artist?
Brittney: I pull a lot of inspiration from music. Just everyday life and emotion. Every canvas I blast with sage and I cleanse the whole area. I work my brush and I work the paint to the beat of the music all the time.
Where is your favorite place to work or create?
Brittney: My favorite place to work and create is at home. I’ve always had a studio in my home. I’m a homebody. I’m a Cancer so I like to stay in tight quarters. I think just being with my dogs and just with my life.
Where would you love to see your work displayed?
Brittney: I think that it would be amazing to see my artwork one day be displayed either at the Gagosian Gallery or even MoMA.
Do you have a particular process? Can you tell us about it?
Brittney: My process, when I create a piece, is I like to sage my canvas just to cleanse any bad or negative energy and just to really give me a good outlook on it. I like to sit and stare at my canvas for a while. I always have a certain playlist on. I like to burn incense. I have a cup of coffee or chai tea in my special little mugs. I don’t like to rush it. When I rush it, they don’t come out right. I have to just be very cleansed and have good people, good energy around me. I can’t drink alcohol at all. Every time I have ever done that when I paint, I always mess it up. I’ve developed this routine of what really works.
Have you been able to use your career as an entertainer to drive your career as an artist?
Brittney: I, 100%, have used my career as an entertainer with UFC and social media and the following to pursue the passion that I have in art. It’s really just eyes on product. There’s a lot of artists that are amazing out there that no one can really see their work and because of this amazing thing we call social media, they can see my paintings and they can see what I do. They definitely go hand in hand.
What are your goals for the future?
Brittney: My goal for the future is to continue a philanthropic way of approaching my art and donating to these amazing organizations and charities and building my portfolio in that way. It’s not only just taking commissions or selling paintings but I’m doing something for the greater good.
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Photographer – Mario Barberio
Makeup – Elizabeth Seropian
Hair – Lucy Gedjeyan
Stylist – Madison Dixon