Monday 1 January 2024

Member profile series ~ Phillippa Brown


Member Profile
with Phillippa Brown
Phillippa works in many medias including graphite, watercolour and acrylic, or basically whatever she has at hand to make a mark. Although she has been drawing since a very early age, finding the time to make art consistently has been a struggle in her adult life. Now retired, she hopes to start honing some of her skills and become deeply involved in the daily practice of making art.

Phillippa was born in England and grew up in Squamish, B.C. from the age of five to 21. In her 20s, she studied studio art at Capilano College before continuing on to complete a BA in Anthropology (Museum studies), and a little later, a Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS ’95) at UBC. This is where she made the acquaintance of the irrepressible Val Lawton, with whom she reconnected 25 years later here in Victoria.

After graduating from UBC, Phillippa came to Victoria and started working at the Greater Victoria Public Library as the Children’s Librarian for the Bruce Hutchison Branch. After 25 years at multiple branches and posts, she retired last year as a Planning Coordinator, responsible for statistics, a far cry from story times and anything creative. Having retired, she is now volunteer treasurer for the FCA Victoria Chapter and was delighted to join the Victoria Sketch Club last spring. At about the same time, Phillippa also treated herself to a new greenhouse which she is slowly learning how to use.

Now busy with gardening, art, walks with friends and family, Phillippa is wondering how on earth she ever fit working for a living into her life.

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