A Bit About Jody
Jody Bryan attended Otis Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute, UCLA and CSULB, always studying drawing and painting. She taught in the Long Beach Unified School District and established a graphic design and screen print business in the 1970's. That business is still very much on going, but leaves ample time for painting.
Growing up in Southern California, Jody came to Catalina Island on the family boat, 'Vaquerito'. After completing college and getting a secondary credential in 1965 she moved with her own family to the island and put her art skills to work. Scenes of the island coves filled with boats, historical sites in the interior and lovely places around the town of Avalon became the focus in watercolor and line and wash drawings. Ceramics were another interest, but watercolors were her passion. She worked part time at Avalon Schools, teaching art. In the 1970's, screenprinting became an interest and a good way to use design and drawing skills. From then and still ongoing, Bryan Graphics, a family business, creates embroidered and screenprinted garments for businesses and programs based on Catalina Island. Clients include the CIMI science education programs, the Wrigley Institute of Environmental Science, Catalina Island Camps, Astrocamp and Catalina Sea Camp.
"I have loved painting with watercolor since that first introduction at Otis with Noel Quinn. To render objects realistically is a skill that many seek to master, but for me that is not what making art is all about. I want to translate each subject into a unique vision that allows viewers to see in new ways, too. I want to interpret the world, not mirror it".