Brinkley's work

" I do not paint on canvas but instead creates paintable surfaces and assemblages from salvaged wood and other materials. "
" I started making hats because I'm bald and need one anytime I'm outside, and making them is cheaper than buying them! "

What is the most intense outdoor adventure you've experienced?

Hard to choose but here are some teasers: Backpacking in a Central American cloud forest and running out of water but not running out of rum. Or carving a trail out of bedrock in Carlsbad Caverns National Park by hand. Or getting chased off of a 14’er for two miles …

Hard to choose but here are some teasers: Backpacking in a Central American cloud forest and running out of water but not running out of rum. Or carving a trail out of bedrock in Carlsbad Caverns National Park by hand. Or getting chased off of a 14’er for two miles by a possessed bighorn. Or a horse wreck at full sprint.

How does nature and/or outdoor adventuring inspire your art?

Most of my major life decisions have been influenced by outdoor recreation opportunities, access to public lands and the natural world, or adventurous pursuits. My art is no different. For a long time, I avoided anything that could be even slightly considered a “landscape.” Though I was often surrounded by …

Most of my major life decisions have been influenced by outdoor recreation opportunities, access to public lands and the natural world, or adventurous pursuits. My art is no different. For a long time, I avoided anything that could be even slightly considered a “landscape.” Though I was often surrounded by incredible terrain, I didn’t feel that I could do it justice by crudely recreating it on canvas. Once I started to develop my style I had a little more confidence and began to include more images influenced by my life outside, and though I still do not think it is even slightly comparable to the real thing I’m glad I no longer feel the need to avoid something I love so much as subject matter. Also, I started making hats because I’m bald and need one anytime I’m outside, and making them is cheaper than buying them!

Are there any nature enthusiasts/outdoor adventurists that particularly inspire you?

Yvon Chouinard, John Wesley Powell, Wendell Berry, John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, Ed Abbey.

Yvon Chouinard, John Wesley Powell, Wendell Berry, John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, Ed Abbey.

What music accompanies you outdoors?

One part oldtime/bluegrass, One part old school punk

One part oldtime/bluegrass, One part old school punk

Favorite meal to eat in the backcountry?

sweaty cheese and summer sausage

sweaty cheese and summer sausage

What is your most prized piece of gear?

Gear comes and goes, and doesn’t last as long as it should. But I have a pair of fleece L.L. Bean socks that I’ve had since the 5th grade, they are still going strong and during summer field season they still live in the bottom of my sleeping bag.



Gear comes and goes, and doesn’t last as long as it should. But I have a pair of fleece L.L. Bean socks that I’ve had since the 5th grade, they are still going strong and during summer field season they still live in the bottom of my sleeping bag.

What is your favorite place to get outside? (or a favorite National Park?)

Sangre De Christo Wilderness, Linville Gorge Wilderness, Penitente Canyon, Wilson Creek N.C.

Sangre De Christo Wilderness, Linville Gorge Wilderness, Penitente Canyon, Wilson Creek N.C.

If you had to choose: While out and about in nature, would you rather have?

Wine or chocolate?
Whiskey
Best friend or favorite shoes?
My wife Katie, daughter Cyclone, and our two old dogs.
Chapstick or blister tape?
Gold bond powder

Wine or chocolate?

Whiskey

Best friend or favorite shoes?

My wife Katie, daughter Cyclone, and our two old dogs.

Chapstick or blister tape?

Gold bond powder