Brant MacLean – Brant’s interest in art dates to his childhood, when his mother taught art in the public schools and painted still lifes at home. He minored in art in college, but did not pursue it again until about 20 years ago, when he began painting from a live model at the Scarab Club. At the time (90s) there were artists who were generous in giving newcomers helpful coaching. Later, he began painting with the Michigan Plein Air Painters, weekly, which he continues actively. He has taken some classes at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center but for the most part is self-taught by painting, looking at art, reading about art, and learning from other artists. Brant has been juried into numerous competitions locally and awards include the Best of Show and 1st place (Oil Painting) at the 2009 State Fair, Best of Show at the Lawrence St. Gallery Think Small show in 2013, Gold Awards at the Our Town Art Show in Birmingham, 2014 and 2015, and second place in the 2017 Silver Medal show at the Scarab Club. His work is shown at the Detroit Artist Market, several galleries.