My name is Aleyne Brown and this is where I am supposed to tell you that I am a photographer or a teacher or an artist or a student, etc. The truth is that I am all of those things, but for the past twenty-two years I have gone by the name of ‘mom’ to four precious people. I have had the privilege of loving them and watching them grow and mature into the most unique and talented individuals. Their story became mine, and their raising became my raising into the person that I am today.
When I was young my parents discovered that I had artistic talent, and they chose to cultivate it by enrolling me in schools that had amazing art departments. I attended a middle magnet school with a fantastic art curriculum. From there I was accepted into Creative and Performing Arts High School in Philadelphia, where I graduated as valedictorian. That success earned me a full scholarship to Tyler School of Art (a part of Temple University), where I majored in Photography and Art Education and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a K-12 teacher’s certificate.
For the student teaching portion of my senior year I had the opportunity to teach art for the K-12 students in the town in Maine where I currently reside. The whole experience was fantastic, but the best part was teaching at the elementary school that didn’t have an art teacher. I had an entire school that was thrilled to have me, and I was able to develop my own schedule and curricula under the supervision of the district’s high school art teacher.
After graduating I went on to teach private art lessons, as well as small group lesson for various Co-Operative learning institutions. At the same time, I raised and facilitated the education of my own brood, I taught everything from studio art to darkroom photography, and from art appreciation to watercolor clubs. Through it all, I never tired of opening the world of art to students.
The world changed while I was raising my family, and so did technology. While my own film camera sat on the shelf, the photography world went digital. As this transition happened I wanted to go digital with my film skills and experience, but was too busy teaching both my and other children. Last year I decided it was time to take the plunge into digital photography and so I picked up an SLR camera and enrolled in college classes to update my skills. As I pack my camera bag and art supplies for the next part of my life’s journey, I take all I have learned before and all I have learned over the past twenty plus years with me as I move forward.
Welcome to my adventure - Enjoy!