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The colorful world of Chris Brandell

This month we had the pleasure to interview Chris Brandell  about her painting inspirations. Thank you, Chris, for sharing your ideas with us!
Daylighted: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up and where do you live now? Did you always know that you wanted to be an artist?
Chris Brandell: I was born and raised in New Rochelle, New York.  In the 70s my family moved to northern Virginia (McLean), And now I reside in Vienna, Virginia which is just a couple of miles away.
I always had an obsession with color and paint.  Color vibrates in my head — I can hear it and feel it — and sometimes I see a color and it stays with me consuming my mental energy until I lay it down onto a substrate.  I realized when I was younger that this was not something that everybody experienced, but I didn't really believe that being an artist was viable option for me and I didn't realize I could manafest art as an output of my mental experience with color .  So I focused on my business career which I definitely don't regret, but I know now that I was always supposed to be an artist.  Being an artist is who I am.  Pure color is a tangible experience for me just like my other senses.
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Going Boutique: How Major Hotels are Riding the Trend to Stay in the Game

On the site of the historic Portland Press Herald building in Maine, Portland's first boutique hotel opens its doors in May 2015. The design promises to be out-of-the-ordinary, with references to the old newspaper business--a letterpress wall sculpture at the lobby, and guestrooms inspired by a 1920s journalist's office--as well as local art displayed throughout. The Press Hotel is the newest pearl in the growing string of Marriott International's boutique hotel brand, Autograph Collection. It is also another sign of how large chains are evolving to survive in a market increasingly dominated by the millennials.

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