We had the good fortune of connecting with Bria Hammock and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bria, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Making has always been something I’ve loved to do. From borrowing my parent’s video camera when I was a kid and creating mock news shows, to picking up my first serious paint brush in high school and falling in love. The feeling of creating something and the process that goes it with is something I still find so much joy and satisfaction in today.
I was unsure if that would translate into a successful career, but after you figure out how to channel that creative drive into an every-day thing the feeling is the same and something that I would never change.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
By day, I work remotely as a Creative Director at a marketing agency out of Arizona and fill my down time as a professional painter working in acrylic on canvas.
Most of my corporate career has been as a graphic designer and now as a leader of some amazingly talented designers and writers. In college I felt like graphic design was the practical way to find myself in a creative career and fifteen years later, I still don’t disagree with my collegiate self.
I have, in the past five years, picked up my beloved paint brushes and started to carve out another career in this realm. Not only is the act of painting extremely rewarding for me, I have also found that it serves to make me such a better designer. It has taught me to look at art and design in a totally different way, allowing me to flow back and forth from tangible traditional art to digital art so very seamlessly.
I think the biggest lessons that I have learned from my creative career(s) has been how to be confident in my work, have a thick skin and really appreciate and take into consideration how people see your work and their thoughts on what they see in it. Art is so subjective and can really be a fun and productive experience of working collaboratively.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a huge baseball fan, so a summer trip is never complete with out catching a Rockies game at Coors Field and some dim sum at Star Kitchen afterwards.
My family and I are also loyal members of the Denver Art Museum, so we make sure to catch all the major exhibits and the interactive projects for kiddos.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate this to my mom. Without her entrepreneurial example as I was growing up, I would have never challenged myself to be better, do better and create better.