Bryan DeBris

Leonardo da Vinci was the inspiration for Bryan's Art, which he affectionately refers to as "Sfumato". A long time ago, in a place far away, a sleepy eyed Leonardo nods off at his table….Involuntarily, he knocks a candle against a stack of parchment….. Fortunately for us, the smell of burning awakens the sleeping giant of invention, of art, of dreams….. Extinguishing the blaze, Leonardo is astonished to find that the smoke from the flames had formed an intricate pattern of scorch marks on the wall of his studio. In his ancient dialect he cries……"Sfumato (fire)". And the rest is lost in history. Wanting to emulate his hero, Bryan embarked on a quest to harness the flame, to turn a simple flickering flame into a paintbrush that would not only scorch the walls of studios across the land, but would create an image of bold, yet whimsical brush strokes of fire. With a touch here, an etch there, Bryan creates his characters…..Amusing? Inspiring? Provocative? Yes. Are there any other Sfumartists out there, past or present ? No. With the advent of Laser printing, Bryan can now create prints of his art, so that everyone can enjoy this totally unique form of expression….Or as Bryan would say. I'm just carrying the torch of Leonardo da Vinci".