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While Brooke Powell is originally from the Deep South of Mobile, Alabama, Atlanta has been her beloved home now for nearly six years. She studied music in Missouri, Art Education in Memphis, and finally graduated with a degree in Studio Art from Brenau University in 2013. Powell’s work is a mixture of vintage dark-whimsy and contemporary illustration, pulling inspiration from printmaking, tattoo flash, and Southern Gothic themes. Her go-to mentality is to paint hard truths and honest thoughts; creating becomes a vehicle for speaking her truth, no matter how uncomfortable. If she’s not feeling vulnerable or exposed by the end of the piece, she’s not doing something right.