MEET THE ARTIST!
Who is BNW Art? Well, they are a small team of two fun creative minds based in Baltimore, MD: Britnie (The Artist and founder) and her assistant, who helps with some promotional content. Leaway (originally spelled leeway) was simply a fun play on words, meaning, "freedom" to create just about anything. A variety of unique original art is offered including fluid paintings, abstract art, oil paintings, drawings, custom logo designs, t-shirt designs, beaded jewelry, darkroom photography, flyers, and a variety of other services. Please keep in mind that profanity and hurtful requests are not accepted (positive vibes are all welcome). There's a plethora of knowledge to share. If you like the work, feel free to contact or follow BNW Art on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to keep up with the latest art and updates! If something in your heart tells you to purchase work, feel free to do that too!
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Art by Britnie
Britnie was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and grew up near the Chesapeake Bay. She is a Goucher College grad with a bachelor's in studio art major, and a fine and performing arts scholar. During her education at Goucher, she held internships at galleries and studied a variety of subjects including art history, curating, painting, sculpture, and independent studies. While in college, she also studied abroad in Greece where she learned about Greek art, mythology and explored historical sites. Before attending Goucher, she concentrated primarily in visual and fine arts throughout high school. This led her to earning a scholarship for the "Young People's Studio" painting class at the Maryland Institute College of Art, amongst other awards. Britnie has been a professional artist for 15 years and counting, although she has remained passionate about art since she was a very young child.
She first started an art business known as BNW Art (est.2009), and continuously seeks to bring joy to others through her work. In addition, she has also done a variety of freelance graphic design commissions including illustrations for "Black Dads Can" by Gregory Collins, and currently working on another children's book soon to be available. She also created a Youtube channel filled with tutorials, DIYs, and hacks. Britnie has been featured in magazines such as Chestnut Review, Sonder Midwest, Blue Mesa Review, Abstract TV Magazine, Mud Season Review, and many others. Britnie's work is also forthcoming in Kithe Journal and The New Southern Fugitives. In addition to that, she has also exhibited in multiple shows with galleries such as Towson Arts Collective, Art Enables, and Maryland Art Place.
She was also the White House Christmas Ornament Artist of 2008, followed by various other awards and honors such as Honorable Mention with Grey Cube Gallery, a Special Merit Award in Light, Space and Time Gallery's "Open" 2020 Art Exhibition, and an Artistic Excellence award from the Circle Foundation for the Arts. Britnie has also won Most Honorable Mention awards in multiple Art Show International Gallery exhibitions. Her work has also been featured in statewide shows such as Art Show International of Los Angeles, CA, in addition to being chosen as one of their permanent solo exhibition artists.
Overall, Britnie's work is inspired by her inner emotions of liberation (“set free”) and freedom (“being free”), daily life struggles, and the beauty of nature that surrounds us. Although Britnie enjoys pretty much anything related to art, her favorite medium is oil paint, primarily depicting the absence of human presence and self reflection. In her paintings she likes to focus on energy, vibrant abstract colors, reflection and movement of the water. In addition to landscape painting, she also works in a variety of other areas including graphic design, abstract art, drawing, as well as beaded crafts, photography, and most recently fluid painting. Some may say Britnie is a "Jack of All Trades". She loves the surprise of it all, and the creative freedom it allows. She wants her work to inspire the viewer and bring them much happiness! Commissions are also welcome. Just ask by filling out the contact form or requesting via email! To learn more about her work and what inspires her, visit Britnie's portfolio page, and take a look at the descriptions for each piece on her images!
See artist resume here: Artist Resume
Britnie is a versatile Maryland based artist who captures energy through light and vibrant colors. Growing up near the Chesapeake Bay, her landscapes and abstract work as a whole, are inspired by the beauty of nature; often depicting the absence of human presence, liberation (“set free”) and freedom (“being free”). Though her diverse range of work requires different creative processes and mediums, they all are influenced by the same subject matter: freedom.
In her landscapes, she portrays the personality of nature through the use of exaggerated brushstrokes and abstract color. For example, using dramatic horizontal brushstrokes for a warm analogous red, yellow, and orange sunset sky. The water may follow with a gradient wash of blue to turquoise with a dappling of white paint for mist to capture the crashing waves. This creates a surreal paradise for the viewer to reflect, escape, and appreciate all the beauty that surrounds us.
Britnie's abstract work consists of a variety of unconventional techniques to capture elements of color and texture. Her current body of work is created with acrylics through a method that never gives the same results twice. One of the most used techniques in her abstract paintings, is the method of mixing individual acrylic colors, floetrol, silicone, and water followed by a blow torch. Together, the chemical reaction creates cellular forms. Britnie also achieves different results using household objects such as strainers, straws, and frosting spatulas to manipulate the design. Although this technique is methodical, it still possesses unknown mysterious results while creating exuberant energy throughout the composition.