Bobbie Braun has lived in the Hamptons for 17 years. Her varied and eclectic life has led her to fulfill a myriad of businesses, all of which have been extensions of her creative need for self-expression.
With a BFA from Boston University and an AAS from Parsons School of Design, her creative life has included a career in interior design. She owned and operated a successful, full service design firm, participating in many of the prestigious Designers Showcases, and taught design at Parsons and the New School.
Bobbie’s hand-crafted fine metal and gem jewelry business was developed in the ‘90’s, and allowed her to find a new medium for her knowledge of combining unusual colors and shapes that had been gained during her long career in the design world. Yet it was her first love of fine art, a love that had been put on the back burner for decades, which evolved with her life here on the East End.
As so many artists before her, Bobbie was drawn by the light and exquisite panoramas of sea and fields. Her decision to make the Hamptons the center of her creative life has been continually fueled by the vast community of artistic life here. Her recent work combines her knowledge of en plein air, her use of form, color, and textures in the interior design world, and her brush work and direct painting style have been described by many as a unique representation of abstract expressionism.
Bobbie studied under prominent and favorite local artists, Teri Elkin and Janet Jennings, whose expertise broadened her knowledge of palate and appreciation of form. Much of her work has been inspired by familiar and beloved sites, which are easily recognizable to the viewer, with a style created by turning an inner eye to the emotion of the moment. Influenced by active skies both here and in Florida, her work is barely tethered by land and explores the relationship between clouds and their ethereal affect upon the earth. Her most recent influence has been the countryside of Nicaragua.
Bobbie Braun has shown extensively in Florida and the Hamptons. She has been a member of the Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett. Her work has been dedicated and contributed to many charitable benefits in Palm Beach, including the ASPCA, HEART (Humane Emergency Ambulance Rescue Transportation), the Hanely Foundation for Cancer Research, and Just World, an organization that supports major projects in third world countries to benefit the lives and education of children. And Una Escuelita, in Nicaragua
solo shows include: Prudential in Sag Harbor and Amagansett; Crazy Monkey Gallery; Hampton Photo Art in Bridgehampton, and Pierre’s in Bridgehampton. Current work can be seen at HAMPTON ROAD GALLERY & GUILD HALL