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About Us

ABOUT US

BRUCE GARRABRANDT & JEFF WHITE

It's not often you find a business partnership cemented by a handshake and mutual respect for one another like the kind shared by Bruce Garrabrandt and Jeffrey White. In 2005, colored pencil artist Garrabrandt, and printing and publishing veteran White, crossed paths to begin what would become a 15-year creative, collaborative journey that continues to evolve to this day. 

A self-taught artist, Bruce has brought joy to thousands of adoring fans of his whimsical artwork for over 30 years.  He is grateful to be able to share his love of humor and art with others. 

When he began his business as an artist, the work he offered for sale consisted of traditional wildlife and landscape drawings.  About seven years into it, Bruce started introducing whimsical wildlife drawings with punch-line titles.  He’d always loved humor, but years passed before it dawned on him that he could combine that love of humor with his art.  “I was a slow learner,” he quips, “but eventually figured things out.”

Bruce continued producing traditional work until 2001.  Four days after 9/11, he sat at an outdoor show in Upper Montclair, NJ.  Many of the residents in that town died in the World Trade Towers.  Bruce thought the show would be cancelled.  The crowds were thin, but all weekend,  people came into his booth, laughed at the whimsical drawings on display, then turned to say some variation of this:  “Thanks—that’s the first time I’ve laughed in four days.”  For Bruce it was humbling. He sat there thinking, “God gave us humor because He knew we were going to need it.”  That weekend he decided to leave traditional art and dedicate himself to creating “random acts of artistic nonsense” exclusively.  

He never looked back.   

“Humor is essential, especially during difficult times,” Bruce says.  “It’s interesting that ‘The Golden Age of Comedy’ was during the decade of the 1930’s,   The supply of humor rose to meet a greater demand during the Great Depression.  Americans needed to laugh then, and I think we need to laugh now.  Humor sees us through our troubled days.” 

Jeff grew up in a family printing business that produced some of Bruce's earliest drawings. While ink-on-paper was in his veins, Jeff took a particular interest in emerging digital imaging technologies in the 1990s, before the internet's invention. In a phone call to Bruce in early 2005, Jeff suggested that Bruce's work could work well in an interactive or video medium. After some planning, and with a shoestring budget, they embarked on a video program of comedic storytelling with slideshows of Bruce's drawings as intermissions between each segment. Nature with a Twist: A Playful Look at Life, Art and Other Turmoil, launched their creative partnership.. 

To date, Bruce and Jeff have produced ten projects together, consisting of coffee table books of Bruce's art, two about his cats, two inspirational and personal development books, a book about fictional phobias, and a video program. The partners regularly discuss creative ways to repurpose this vast library of content.

Bruce maintains a rigid daily regimen of three hours at his easel, and has produced over 600 whimsical drawings during his decades-long career. 

We are very excited to share our project number eleven--our online gallery! We will ultimately provide hundreds of drawings made available as framed and unframed prints, canvases, metal prints, and a host of other substrates and offerings. Our books (and anything else we can think of) will be available for purchase here, too. Thank you for stopping by!


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