Born in Lansing Michigan, the arts did not play a significant role in Brandon’s like until he met his mentor in college, artist Jim Self, at Cornell University, under whom he studied dance, in addition to his studies in philosophy. Dance and subsequently, performance art quickly became a medium for expression that tapped into an artistic fervor that lied dormant within his soul.
Through his mentor, Brandon had the extraordinary opportunity of meeting an being introduced to the personal stories of artistic revolutionaries as Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Wilson, and Frank Moore. Working closely with his mentor and being exposed to artists of this caliber ignited an insatiable passion that has driven Brandon to produce and extremely diverse body of work.
During this time, Brandon created art in an old Swedish farmhouse located on 5 acres in Ithaca, New York, where he dove into dance, performance art, set design, found object sculpture work, and painting. His beginnings in dance and movement presented opportunities to create etherial and visually stimulating set design and costume. In the studio, Brandon created an array of found object inspired sculptural work that was unexpected and often whimsical. However, painting continues to be his medium of choice largely because it encompasses various aspects for Brandon’s artistic self; his philosophical mind, his somatic approach to art, and his love for beauty.
In 2000, Brandon moved to New York City, where he lived in a vibrant artist community and lived in a 2500 sq. ft. loft where he quietly continued to paint large-scale bodies of work that explored anonymity and the nature of time. His labor intensive dot paintings are reflective of this period.
Brandon then moved to Texas is 2002, where he currently resides and works out of his home studio in Austin.