A Bodden Town teen is bursting with excitement after seeing eight of his digital paintings displayed at a Camana Bay office space.
Brandon Saunders, 16, and his mum Shawnette were impressed when they recently paid a visit to FTI Consulting on Market Street and were shown the display by Andrew Morrison, one of the company’s senior managing directors on Saturday, Sept. 24.
“Wow! I actually did that,” said Brandon after seeing them on display for the first time.
At the office, his paintings were the center of attention for the company’s entire staff, along with Mary McCallum, ONQ Marketing art director and curator, who had turned out to congratulate the young man on his achievement.
Brandon’s talent was discovered when the company went seeking local art to display in its Camana Bay office and sought advice from the Poinciana film, music and arts festival’s creative director, Badir Awe. Mr. Awe suggested that the Poinciana Gallery might provide such inspiration. Brandon had entered his pieces in the festival’s Adobe Image photography category on the advice of his art teacher and emerged a finalist.
“Brandon’s work caught our eye for its original dynamic and contemporary look,” said Mr. Morrison.
A colorful abstract sea turtle was chosen for the reception area, and Brandon was asked if he could create other pieces along similar Cayman themes, which led to his eye-catching interpretations of an iguana, stingray and parrot.
“We are displaying a total of eight of Brandon’s pieces in our reception, boardroom and open-plan office space for our team and clients to enjoy,” said Mr. Morrison.
A painting of an apple displayed in the boardroom is Brandon’s favorite. He said it was inspired by a trip to New York, the Big Apple. Brandon drew an apple, painted it black and infused it with an image. In his other images, the iguana, he said, wants to disappear into the clouds, and the Cayman parrot’s head is an explosion of colors splattered in every direction on canvas.
“Brandon is an incredible young talent and we look forward to seeing his career in the creative arts develop. We have no doubt that his future is bright,” said Mr. Morrison.
Ms. McCallum said she first met Brandon when he participated in a pop-up art gallery at the Peripheral Spaces Summer Art Series she directed in 2015 at Camana Bay. Months later, he submitted two pieces of work to the Poinciana Adobe Photography category and his pieces did very well in the closed judging, where he was a runner-up, as well as in the People’s Choice Awards.
Brandon, a St. Ignatius student involved in art and design, drama, information technology, philosophy and ethics, says his love and passion for music and other hobbies allows him to be creative and expressive.
His work is a mixture of painting and digital art. This, he says, comes from his love of both abstract and digital art.
“This is why I get these interesting photos which look somehow ‘real’ splattered on the canvas,” he said.
He said he got started three years ago on his iPod, and as he got better he convinced his parents to get him a laptop and Photoshop.
Brandon said that during his mother’s pregnancy she loved to color, and ever since he was born he’s had a fascination with dinosaurs and colors, even though in school he got low grades in art class. Over the years, he got better and discovered he truly loved art after taking part in a digital art poster project.
After seeing how much people like having them on their walls, Brandon now anticipates printing more of his artworks. He hopes to print more on canvas and start selling them, to assist in financing his interests.