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About Phoenix Art Studio

Rhea Brown - artist of Phoenix Art Studio
“I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” ~ John 11:25-26

Rhea Brown was born in Los Angeles, CA and is of African American, Mexican, Sicilian and Turkish descent. Adopted by a loving family at 6 months, she moved to and lived in North Dakota, Northern California, the Philippines, Maryland and Illinois.

Since a young child, she had a love for art. In high school she attended the Visual and Performing Arts Program at Suitland Hand, MD. However, she had every intention of becoming a doctor, having graduated with a full scholarship to study veterinary medicine at Tuskegee University, AL.

However, with the birth of her daughter, she decided to marry, move to Texas, and devote her time to raising a family. A year later she had the opportunity to study under a local fashion designer, then shortly after decided to return to her first love; art.

Phoenix Art Studio was birthed in 2001 with the aid of Killeen’s Carol’s Art Gallery. She went on to acquire an Associate’s Degree in Commercial Arts from Central Texas College. She also received informal training under Moody muralist/portrait artist Sandy Dusek, and Killeen photographer/muralist/film art director Rudy Calooy, Jr. Rhea has also had the pleasure of experiencing the ancient art of Athens, Kavala and Cozumel and has had the pleasure of working with Gospel recording artist Vicki Winanas, HGTV;s Valarie Billings Swayne, original female Hip Hop MC Sha-Rock and more.

Over this time she has practiced creating acrylic and oil portraits, murals, woodwork, wall sculptures, book and CD illustrations, graphic design, airbrush design, face painting and calligraphy. Aside from commissioned work, she creates inspirational works of art that have ministered to many people nationwide.

From 2001-2012 Rhea was a member of the Killeen Civic Art Guild until her move to Austin, TX. In 2006 she was awarded the ESGR Patriotic Employer Award. In 2008 she began donating her gift to honor the sacrifice that many military families have made in this country by painting portraits of fallen soldiers free of charge and assisting the Combat Warrior Crisis Network (now known as Take a Soldier Fishing). In 2009 Rhea joined the Texas Design Network, which provides room makeovers free of charge for deserving Texas families. She has taught art classes to adults and children at several locations in the Central Texas Area including Central Texas College and Painting With a Twist. She is currently instructing at the Round Rock, TX location of Cordovan Art School.

Rhea plans to continue to learn new skills and help others with her gift.

254.285.8523 ~ www.PhoenixArtStudio.net

Press Coverage







  • Salute To Our Heroes Event - A newspaper article from the Killeen Daily Herald about the "Salute to Our Heroes" Event held at Pignetti's at the Killeen Mall.


  • Putting Art In Its Place. Killeen Daily Herald - A newspaper article about Killeen Civic Art Guild's involvement in celebrating Killeen's 125th Birthday. The article features Rhea Brown sketching out a shadow box in the mural on the side of Jack Stereo in Killeen.


  • Family Honors Father's Memory. Killeen Daily Herald - A news article from the Killeen Daily Herald taken from the Gospel Youth Blast in 2006. The clip showcases the artwork by Rhea Brown in the background.
  • Art Competition Winners Announced - A newspaper article from the Killeen Daily Herald about the 27th Annual Central Texas Art Competition and Exhibition held at Temple College. The article features Rhea Brown as one of the winners from Central Texas College.

Rhea Brown

Rhea Brown artist and owner of Phoenix Art Studio
Rhea Brown is a phenomenal artist based in Central Texas. She specializes in painting portraits, murals, illustrations, and faces. Her original canvas paintings are abstract renderings of faith based experiences painted in acrylic, oil, and airbrush.

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