Phyllice Bradner's Art Studio
Alaskan resettles in Oregon
A well known artist and designer, Phyllice moved to Oregon in 2005 from Alaska where she lived for almost 40 years. She grew up in Los Angeles and worked for an advertising art studio after college. She was Art Director of two advertising agencies in Anchorage, ran her own communication consulting business for 17 years, was the Publication Specialist for the Alaska Division of Tourism for 7 years, and later produced television commercials at ABC TV in Juneau. Upon arriving in McMinnville, Oregon, she was instrumental in forming the artist-owned Currents Gallery, which has seen considerable success in recent years.
A Varied Career
Phyllice has also owned an antique shop, worked as an interior designer, acted as a political consultant and is best known in Alaska for her architectural design work, which includes designing and coordinating the restoration of the Governor’s Mansion, portions of the Capitol Building, the Senate Building, Valentine Building, etc. She also writes the award-winning Silver Sisters mystery books with her sister Morgan St. James.
She is accomplished in several different media. She experiments with various types of printmaking, paints in acrylics and oils, and paints on silk. As a weaver, her work won awards in the Alaska statewide juried art shows Earth, Fire and Fiber (Best of Category) and Sitka Juried Art Show (Best of Show).
Combining Art and Humor
Phyllice includes humor in almost every piece she creates, with cats, dogs, ravens and sometimes frogs playing a leading or supporting role. When animals are not involved, she sometimes features images from her family album. Her fun-loving mother was the youngest of ten children who joked, laughed, played banjos and ukuleles, and always cutup for the camera, providing a genetic sense of humor and abundant material to work from.