Article by Christina Scannapiego of the SC Times week of March 17, 2011:
If Bob Ross (may he rest in peace—I mean no disrespect) had been a lot cooler, his TV show, The Joy of Painting may have been a little bit more like San Clemente’s most famous surf artist’s new informative, reality television show, The Paint Shop with Drew Brophy, airing weekly on local Santa Barbara County, Orange County and Los Angeles Cox and Time Warner cable channels
Brophy’s surreal, whimsical, vibrant designs—now recognizable all over the world—started gaining fame when his paint pen work graced surfboards everywhere. Demand for his work grew and turned into all types of merchandise: Skateboards, T-shirts, wakeboards, bikes, motorcycles, cars—even mailboxes.
After Brophy and video director, Brian Ill, ran a wildly popular stint creating YouTube webisodes, Brophy’s business partner and wife, Maria Brophy, pitched the idea for a television show to Newport’s Crystal Cove media “and we were off to the races,” he said.
Maria Brophy generates a good deal of her husband’s work, which is the reason she’s also a key player in every episode of The Paint Shop. “She does everything. I just paint,” Brophy said of his wife, the marketing and public relations force behind his success.
The show, which takes place in his quaint and bright San Clemente studio on Los Molinos and follows the Brophys around town, is aimed at communicating to an audience exactly what it takes to get a job done from the moment a client walks through the doors all the way through production—and the surprises that happen along the way. For instance, while the crew is in the midst of filming, Brophy working on a major beach cruiser design project, in strolls Hawaiian surfing legend and shaper, Gerry Lopez, looking to order some artwork. Brophy expects the unexpected, but most importantly, he sees the show as an opportunity to inform the public exactly what a professional and commercial art career is all about.
“When I was a kid, I didn’t know that art could be a viable career. I didn’t fit in, in school. I was good at surfing and I was good at art but those two things didn’t mean anything,” he lamented. In fact, Brophy’s high school guidance counselor had pulled him aside and asked him to continue reading, click on SC Times Website.