Dec-Jan 2012 Grand Strand Magazine did a 2-page feature titled LIVING A DREAM, Artist Drew Brophy’s career reflects the benefits of small-town community.
Article begins like this:
As a teenager, Myrtle Beach resident Drew Brophy had a simple dream: he wanted to surf.
After a few paragraphs, moves into this:
Brophy’s international career began with an impulsive trip to Mexico at age 20. “I just really wanted to go to those places that I saw in Surfer Magazine,” says Brophy. “I kind of felt stuck here; I didn’t fit in. I just gambled and went to the gnarliest place I could think of to go surfing.” Turns out, the surfers in Mexico fell in love with the innovative designs and techniques Brophy was using to paint his surfboards. “A light bulb went off in my head,” explains Brophy.
Fast forward to the last section:
Now, 19 years later, though Brophy has traveled the world and earned an international reputation for his art, he still values community and family above all else.
It closes with:
And as for his artistic success, Brophy humbly passes the credit to his hometown: “It took a community to create a person like me.”
To read the entire article, you’ll have to grab a copy of GS Magazine!
We begin this issue with an interview with Surf Artist Drew Brophy, the Twilight Saga’s Sexy New Vampire: Judi Shekoni, Q&A with Artist Ian Ward, Q&A with Actor Mem Ferda, Review of the film Musical Chairs, Interview with artist Bill Strydesky, Review of Cursive’s I Am Gemini…”
Drew Brophy was interviewed by Don Perry and photographed by Scott Smallin of 3 Dot Magazine, when visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in fall of 2012.
We first heard of the famed photographer Scott Smallin in the year 2000, when Drew and I got married at the Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach. Scott was one of the team of photographers that we hired for our wedding!
Now, over twelve years later, we find ourselves back in Myrtle Beach, this time to paint a large mural.
And, once again we are being shot by Scott Smallin, this time for 3 Dot Magazine!
Funny how life brings you ’round in circles.
Here’s how the 3 Dot Magazine Drew Brophy story begins:
DREW BROPHY IS THE SURF LIFESTYLE:
Drew Brophy, the surfer, the artist, the husband, the father, the teacher, and the list goes on…
Drew talks about how he created a life of art, surf and travel and what it takes to be a professional artist.
He explains how he beat all odds, and proved his high school guidance counselor wrong when she told him that “you can’t just surf and paint your whole life!”
Drew had always wanted to be featured in the famed SURFERS JOURNAL, a beautiful full-color magazine that most people keep for years.
Though the Journal had at times contacted Drew over the years to feature his art, it somehow never materialized. Maybe one day, when Drew is old and grey and his art has truly “made it” they will do an art feature!
But for now, Drew’s stoked to have had his and Seth Warren’s Grand Canyon SUP Expedition featured in the Surfer’s Journal EXPEDITION REPORT.
The best part is that Drew’s friend, published author Chris Dixon, interviewed him for it.
If you want to pick up a copy, go to http://www.surfersjournal.com/ and look for Volume 21.5, Oct/Nov 2012 Edition. Or, squint your eyes and see it below: