Brent is a proud member of the Chickasaw and Ponca Nations of Oklahoma. As an award winning artist, he is primarily an acrylics and mixed media artist, Brent creates depth and emotion in his work through various layers of paint, washes, drips and splatters. He blends early tribal history and design elements with his subject matter in a contemporary fashion and breathes life back into those traditional facets through his paintings.
Brent graduated in 1994 with an AFA in 2-Dimensional Art from the Institute of American Indian Arts. This experience not only had an impact on his life, but it definitely transformed his art. IAIA created an exhilarating environment and encompassed Brent with other Indian artists, students and instructors alike, launching Brent's art career. Three years later he completed his BFA from Oklahoma City University.
Brent stays involved with happenings in and around the art scene. He is inspired from other artist's work and energy, but also gets much of his inspiration from his wife and two children, which are all also artists. Music also has a definite impact on his creative process and singing is a large part of his artistic expression. Brent takes pride in singing his Ponca songs at dances and in church and continues to share this spirit by singing with his children and the youth in the community.
Many Native artist have inspired Brent over the years. Some of those artists include: Jerome Tiger, T.C. Cannon, Alan Houser, Fritz Scholder, Kevin Red Star (living) and Bert Seaborn (living). Others include: abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picasso. Today, there are numerous artists that continue to influence his work.