Benard W. Brooks is a second generation artist. His uncle was the first African-American art instructor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. This Alexandria, VA native conveys his craft through a variety of mediums – watercolors, mixed media, and ink sketching.
Hi collages are an artistic gumbo of fabric, handmade papers, paint, metallic mediums, and other materials. The quality of his watercolors is cited in A History of African-American Artist 1792 to Present.
During stints at the Philadelphia College of Art, University of Maryland, and Howard University, Benard hones his art and printmaking techniques. Howard University holds a special place in his heart – he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts there and was the chief medical illustrator for more than 26 years.