It’s been a while since we had an artist spotlight on the blog, so we are starting off the month of May with an Artisans’ Gallery spotlight! This week we introduce you to someone who is not only participating in the Artisans’ Gallery for the first time, but who attended BreyerFest for the first time in 2020!
Meet - Brie Cundiff!
Brie grew up with a passion and love for horses. She rode when she was younger and had Breyer models as a child. Some of her earliest memories include her loving Grandmother, one Easter, hiding Breyer horses instead of eggs. She unfortunately had to step back from actively riding as a teenager, due to being diagnosed with Lyme disease. However, Brie has not let that stop her from enjoying horses!
Brie, who resides in South-Eastern Virginia, has continued her passion and love for horses through model horse customizing, which reminds her of all her wonderful childhood memories. She always loved equine art, but never knew customizing model horses was this big. Brie started customizing model horses in mid-2018, starting in acrylics. Through various Facebook groups she started to realize the scope and popularity of custom model horses.
In 2019, Brie switched from acrylic to pastels; she prefers and mainly uses PanPastel brand and Earth Pigments. She does still use acrylic for details, such as giving horses their expressive eyes. She especially loves doing smaller scale models and working with micro through curio/venti scales. Her work is inspired by her progress in her abilities. Each piece she works on she learns something new. She has met many wonderful people and made wonderful friends through her work.
Outside of customizin,g Brie enjoys spending time with her husband, toddler, and her two dogs. One is a Pitbull mix she rescued in 2019, and the other a Boxer/Pitbull mix who joined their family in 2020. She also loves cars, and loves her Mazdaspeed3.
Brie was introduced to BreyerFest through 2020’s Celtic Fling, through hobby friends, and attended her first event online. She is excited to come back to this year’s BreyerFest: Horse of a Different Color, which is also being celebrated virtually, and offer customized model horses, both resin and plastic, in varying scales in the Artisans’ Gallery. Look for Brie’s work in the BreyerFest Artisans’ Gallery this July, but if you can’t wait until then, check her out here!
Keep an eye out on the blog for some more exciting BreyerFest information tomorrow!
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