How do you describe your subject matter or the content of your work?

I would describe my work as a conversation – a conversation that involves different aspects of my life or the world I live in.

What mediums do you work with?

I primarily work with watercolor and graphite, but I do not consider myself strictly tied to watercolor and graphite – they just so happen to be what I want to use to convey what I want to say.

What are you presently inspired by— are there particular things you are reading, listening to or looking at to fuel your work? 

I am always looking to other artists from the past and the present. This fuels the creation of my work. I often think about how I can link things together to have some sort of contemporary significance that is in my own voice. At the moment, I am looking at Afrofuturism. I don’t think that is really apparent in my new work, but there are some traces. JustinBryant_2

What do you hope your work will accomplish? How do you want people to be affected?

I would hope that whoever views my work would be challenged to think and/or moved emotionally.

Besides your art practice, are you involved in any other kind of work?

Yes, I have recently started an artist collective in Little Rock, where other local artist meet and talk about up and coming events and we also critique each others work.

How does your position at Art Connection affect your own art practice?

I think it affects my own practice tremendously because I am always surrounded by art and I get to experience things all over again through the teens at art connection. A lot of the teens are new to some of the work that is out there and it is always interesting to see how they will open up to new ideas about art. I also like to hear their opinions.

Are there any artists you look to for inspiration?

Yes, there are so many, but the ones I think of most often would be Carrie Mea Weems, Robert Pruitt and Andrew Wyeth.


How do you navigate the art world? 

How does anyone navigate the art world? I would say I try and take opportunities as they come. The big thing I would say is to be prepared at all times.

Do you have a motto you live by?

Not really, although I would say my advice to other artists/the advice I often give to myself is to make art.JustinBryant_4