She built out her own studio in the family attic and stocked it with art supplies and her beloved record player.
As an adult, Brown worked at an Estee Lauder packaging plant where she routinely collected pieces of discarded cardboard on which she could paint.
Sometimes Brown’s mother is depicted holding one of her small children, rummaging through her purse or smoking a cigarette.
While the faces have little detail, the clothing is crucial in the composition and the patterns on the garments are painted with precision.
Her pilgrimage takes up to three hours each way and yet she has a perfect attendance record, making the trip rain or shine, blizzard or hurricane.
Months after completion of a painting, Brown has been known to notice a missed line at an exhibition and make the adjustment on the displayed artwork.
In her signature paintings, the subject appears multiple times in each composition, sometimes talking on the phone or eating, creating a grid pattern.
A prolific artist, she paints with the same familiarity with which she might brush her teeth or wash her face, always working to the rhythms of her favorite music: Motown, jazz and classic rock and roll. Her work has been shown in Pure Vision Arts’ exhibitions at the Cooper Union Great Hall Gallery, Marlborough Gallery, Ricco Maresca Gallery, the Museum of American Folk Art and The New York Transit Museum, as well as at many other New York venues.
Her work has been shown in numerous juried shows including the United Nations and twelve times at the Brown was born in 1957, and was different from the start.