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This timelapse video shows Hines painting live in fast motion on a six-foot-tall canvas that
Hines made for her brother, Tyler, who is getting married this summer. 

UIC Student Brianna Hines: An Aspiring Artist

By Kevin Sherman and Kelly McGowan
@RedLineProject

Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2018

As a youngster, Brianna Hines would go to her hometown children’s museum in Normal, Illinois, and paint at their interactive canvas. Growing up and attending University High School in Normal, Illinois, Hines took many art classes as art was always an interest of hers. 

Now a senior majoring in graphic design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Hines uses art to express herself in many different ways. She says art is important to her because “it allows [her] to be as imaginative as [she] wants…”

Her painting has also branched off to putting her designs on clothes. This skill lets her wear something that is original to only her closet. She likes to think how she is the only person in the world with this type of clothing. Having the ability to create something original is one reason she loves putting her artwork on clothing.

Brianna Hines Jacket 

One of the first clothing item Hines made for herself. The fist represents female power.

While at UIC, she enjoyed how her major has taught her the most about composition. Learning how to put a picture together is something that she has learned a lot about. Her major has “helped [her] learn and understand more ways to apply [her] studies making [her] a better artist.” Doing so has taught her a lot about space and color in her work.

Last January, Hines created her own website, www.thebrieshow.org. In her major, each student was required to build their own website to show off their work and grab the attention of future employers. Within her website, she shares her artwork as well as her poetry. “Creating a website for both was a bit of a struggle,” she said. Hines had a hard time trying to figure out how to share both her artwork and her poetry on one page, but she eventually was able to make both work in a way that was unique and special to her.


360-degree view: Check out Hines's bedroom and studio 


Leaving college, Hines would like to work in the sports industry. Her dream of working for a sports team came true recently as she was offered an internship of a lifetime. During the summer, she will be interning at Chicago Sky, the local WNBA team.

Chicago Sky reached out to her for the internship after seeing her website as they were very impressed with her work and writing. Hines didn’t even apply to this internship, so she was excited to hear that employers for well-known companies view her website and enjoy it as much as she does. Her dream job would be working for the Chicago Cubs, so she is hoping this internship with the Chicago Sky will help advance her career. Eventually, after working for a major baseball team, she would love to open her own business, selling her own artwork and doing much more with her creative side.  

Brianna Hines artwork canvas

A canvas Hines painted and it eventually was placed in an art show in Chicago.

Hines doesn’t only paint on canvases, but she also does graphic design work for her website and paints on clothing, accessories, and even people as well.

Hines enjoys working in her own space at her own time. As she was also a Division I swimmer and a full-time student, she was able to work on her art around her busy schedule as her “art studio” is also her bedroom.

Some of her paintings have been used as holiday cards as shown below, that she sent out to friends and family. One of her best friends and roommate, Katy Knight, in an interview, stated, “she has grown so much artistically, and I am excited to see where she goes in the future.” Receiving this holiday card was a special surprise to her friends and family.

Brianna Hines purse

A purse Hines painted on. “It was my mom’s [purse] in like the ’80’s”. She can find almost
any article of clothing or accessory and find a way to make it stand out more.

 


Gallery: A look at more of Hines's work ...

Some of her paintings have been used as holiday cards as shown below, that she sent out to friends and family. One of her best friends and roommate, Katy Knight, in an interview, stated, “she has grown so much artistically, and I am excited to see where she goes in the future.” Receiving this holiday card was a special surprise to her friends and family.

Brianna Hines card

Hines also painted a picture of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016 as shown below. She captured this moment and painted it from memory of everyone outside the stadium in bright and cheerful moods.

She made this painting into a postcard and has sold many of them. Hines said she will be meeting with Cubs owner Tom Ricketts to give him her painting of this memorable moment, “I’m actually very excited to meet with him and give him the painting.”

Brianna Hines Cubs World Series artwork

In addition to the canvases and cards, she also designs clothing and accessories for herself and anyone else who has reached out to her for one of her pieces. She has designed multiple jean jackets where she paints a powerful message on the back of the jacket. She just recently started designing purses and has sold a few clothing items to friends and family.

In one of Hines’ projects, which is also shown on her website, she paints beautiful images such as flowers on men and women who have gone through a heartbreak.

According to an interview with her, Hines likes to “paint flowers on people to make them feel special and beautiful after a hard heartbreak.” She has been very successful with this project getting many volunteers to be her “canvas.” She enjoys making people feel better by making them look more beautiful with bright colors and beautiful images as shown in the photo below.

Brianna Hines art

Along with this project, she has created a blog where she writes poems and shares words from some of her volunteers’ heartbreak stories. Hines states, “people are definitely my number one inspiration. I love talking to people and hearing their stories and finding common connections with them.” The people she has connected with keeps her inspired to be more creative and unique with her art.

One of her recent graphic design pieces was made for her father who was recently diagnosed with head and neck cancer. When she found out this information on March 26, she started designing the graphic right away to represent how her father is fighting this cancer.

Brianna Hines art cancer card logo

As shown above, Hines chose to use boxing gloves as his symbol because her father recently bought a heavy boxing bag to use as his exercise, which also resembles his way of “fighting” this cancer. Even through this recent hard time in her family’s life, she has been very creative with her artwork and continues to be passionate about her pieces, whether it is shown through painting, graphic design or poems.

That approach fits Hines’ theoretical outlook on art.

“Art has allowed me to freely express myself in any way that I want and I am truly grateful for that.” – Brianna Hines

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