Hello Pandas! My name is Brent Estabrook, I live in Los Angeles, and I gave up my 9-5 job to do what I love: ART!
All my art inspiration comes from my pursuit of excitement and happiness. I have found that a life doing what you love will forever propel you positively forward. I often get asked why I paint stuffed animals and there are many reasons, one of the most important is to bring people back to the state of childhood when the pursuit of dreams and passions were encouraged. At some point in our lives, society tries to convince us to get a “good” job, save for retirement, and then at 60 you can go have fun… Screw that!.. I am going to do what I love now! And I would encourage others to do the same.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I have no idea how long each painting takes. Hours feel like minutes and I rarely know what day it is, I see this as a good thing. If I had to give some hard numbers, I would say 200-300 hrs for the more complex paintings.
Again, there are many reasons I enjoy painting stuffed animals and, for what I hope is not too selfish of a reason, I know I can connect with people of all ages and help encourage them to pursue their passions. I realize that full dedication to your dreams and passions are not always possible however I would encourage everybody to take some time out of their day, think about what makes them happy, and then start taking steps, no matter how large or small, towards a happier life!