Born in Orlando, Florida, raised in northern Virginia, Brien has been surrounded by all types of art and design his entire life. With his mother, an artist, and his father, a graphic designer, it was clear that there was a creative path waiting ahead of him. It started with paintings and drawings on the kitchen table with his mother, but it wasn’t until his father brought home and installed Adobe Photoshop 6.0 on the family computer, that he was introduced to the world of digital art at the age of eight years old. At the time it would only seem like an abstract composition of primitive shapes and a mishmash of assorted colors, but it was the eager beginnings of a lifelong passion.
Throughout and up to high school, Brien took every art and design course offered in the small Virginia town. From graphic imaging, to film study, he immersed himself in every aspect of the art to add to his knowledge and to further refine his skills as a graphic designer.
Without delay, immediately following his high school graduation in 2010, Brien returned to Orlando to attend the Digital Animation and Visual Effects (DAVE) School. Although it may not have been the school of choice for an aspiring graphic designer, his training in 3D modeling, animation, and visual effects proved to be a useful added skillset, only broadening his perspective as a designer.
Following his graduation from the DAVE School in 2011, Brien was offered a job in Burbank, California working as a rotoscope/depth artist for Titanic at Stereo D, a large-scale visual effects company specializing in the conversion of 3D films. However, the excitement of his visual effects transition would soon languish and, despite opposition from many of his coworkers and peers, he took the risk and returned to Florida to again pursue his calling as a graphic designer.
In April of 2012, Brien joined the creative team at The Imagination house as a graphic designer, animator, and video editor. With plenty of creative challenges in the foreground, the future looks more promising than ever for him and his colleagues.