Brendan Mruk is a lover of macaroni and cheese and rarely has nightmares about the vicious goose attack he survived as a child. He is also an artist and political cartoonist hailing from Washington DC.
In terms of his art, Mruk feels he has been in search of his voice and vision since he was young. "I loved to draw from an early age. My mother still has a picture of a deer I drew in 1980 and I was three at the time. Drawing was something I was good at and enjoyed … The work that I am creating now I feel has been my most successful not only because of public opinion but more importantly because of the impact this work is having on me personally. My work now focuses more on my experiences and eclectic memories. This allows my work more freedom and expression than was possible with my earlier work" he explained.
Some of Mruk's better known work is his political cartoons. The reason he got into this field was because he felt the art form is just as important today as it was at any other point in history. "When you think of how fast paced society is these days, it is crucial that information and ideas are shared as quickly as possible. How do most people get their news these days? Reading a newspaper from cover to cover or skimming over headlines and pictures on Yahoo? I fear the latter is your answer so a quick cartoon providing some information and a point of view can be helpful and maybe even educational" he said.
When it comes to the most empowering aspect of being an artist, Mruk believes it is the unique way you are able to express yourself and your ideas. He finds it cool to think he can influence somebody's mood, opinion, or state of mind without saying a word or even being in the same vicinity of his work.
Having just relocated to DC with his pregnant wife, Mruk is expecting his work to be affected a very positive way. "No doubt, it is going to be a wild ride for the next couple months with peaks and valleys of creativity, excitement, and severe sleep deprivation. I am impressed with the art scene in the DC area and am actively trying to inject myself into it and gain a bit more visibility. Traffic on my website has been gaining momentum and I have been contacted about designing t-shirts and the like which is comforting. Most important though is being the best husband and father I can be every day because without their love and support my art is meaningless" he said.
If you would like to see more of his work you can visit his website