Brian Vines Fine Art & Otherwise

About Me

Me, the Artist

I currently reside in Apex, NC which was recently voted the best small city in America to live in. It has to be the artists, right? I’ve been involved in art for most of my life.  The formal art training I received was at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC where I studied painting, drawing, art history and sculpture. I never got my degree and I do regret that. But I had many fine art teachers who encouraged me along the way and I learned a lot about art and art history. The influence of the Old Masters has always lent a figurative style to my work. I love doing portraits and figure drawings.


I also have 13+ years of commercial art experience as an Art Director for several advertising agencies in North Carolina and Colorado, where the work I directed won numerous Addy Awards.  I returned to my fine arts roots in 1992 when I left the advertising industry and have since devoted my artistic endeavors to more personal projects. 


I’ve been fortunate to have been recognized locally with several Fine Arts awards including most recently a 2nd place award in the Professional Category for the 2014 NC State Fair, 3rd place for a pastel entitled "Cat Dreams" in the 2014 FALC Members show, Best of Show for a pastel entitled “Alice in Green” in the 1999 Fine Arts League of Cary Fall Show and the Cary Mayor’s Award for a self portrait in the 2000 FALC Spring Show. I also received an Honorable Mention for the pastel “Red Hat” at the 2000 FALC Fall Show. 


If you have an art project you’d like to discuss with me I can be reached at the following email addresses or My web site address is  All inquiries regarding commissions are welcome.  In the meantime, enjoy the arts…..and thanks for your patronage!