Rhea Brown started painting professionally under her business, Phoenix Art Studio, in 2011 in Killeen, TX. She went on to acquire an Associate’s Degree in Commercial Arts from Central Texas College in 2008. She also received informal training under Moody muralist/portrait artist Sandy Dusek, and Killeen photographer/muralist/film art director Rudy Calooy, Jr. Rhea has also had the pleasure of experiencing the ancient art of Athens, Kavala, and Cozumel.
Over this time she has practiced creating acrylic, oil, and airbrush portraits, murals, woodwork, wall sculptures, book and CD illustrations, graphic design, and face and body painting. Aside from commissioned work, she creates inspirational and thought-provoking works of art.
Since the start of her career she has been a member of the Killeen Civic Art Guild. In 2006 she was awarded the ESGR Patriotic Employer Award. In 2008, she began donating her gift to honor the sacrifice that many military families have made in this country by painting portraits of fallen soldiers free of charge and assisting the Combat Warrior Crisis Network. In 2009 Rhea joined the Texas Design Network, which provides room makeovers free of charge for deserving Texas families. She has instructed art at Central Texas College, two Killeen Child Care facilities, the Harker Heights Painting With A Twist, and the Harker Heights, Round Rock and Austin locations of Cordovan Art School. In 2012 she also managed the Harker Heights branch of the Cordovan Art School.
Rhea plans to expand her business and continue to help others with her gift.