Brady Carlson discovers his passion for art in time for college

Creating art isn’t new for Brady Carlson, who has been drawing and sketching since he was a kid. But finding a passion for art is relatively new to the 18-year-old artist.

“Art is a big part of my life and something I enjoy,” Carlson said. “I balanced sports and art in high school. I played sports for four years, golf, soccer and basketball. It wasn’t until my senior year when I took an AP art class that I really thought more about my art.”

Carlson created “Three,” the painting featured on this week’s cover, as part of that AP art class at East Lansing High School. Carlson, who enjoys creating abstract art with vibrant colors and shapes, created the piece using watercolors and watercolor crayons.

“This piece was inspired by fruits and vegetables, but in abstract forms,” he said. “I was hoping for interpretation from the viewers.”

Carlson said he likes working with watercolors, his preferred medium, because he loves the abstract looks it can create. But he also likes to work with Sharpies and other forms of markers, as well as graphite.

Carlson traces much of his love of art to his family.

“Art is definitely important to me,” he said. “My mom has had a huge impact on me and my art, because she has always been really into art.”

Carlson graduated from high school just a few weeks ago and will be attending Michigan State University in the fall.

While he describes his art as a passion, he is not sure how it will fit in his career. Carlson has not decided on a major, but he is trying to find a path at MSU that will incorporate his artistic side.

“I’m thinking of majoring in something in business or creative advertising and maybe minoring in graphic design, but I’m not sure yet,” Carlson said.

The young artist is in no hurry to make a decision, and he thinks things will fall into place once he’s on campus and can explore some classes. In the meantime, Carlson is looking into art shows, competitions and other avenues to get his art out into the world.

“No matter what I do in college, I will still find time for art,” Carlson said. “It will always be at least a hobby.”