History and Transitions


Loryn Brazier started painting in 1985 and eventually realized she needed a larger, more visible studio space. Settling on a very large storefront in Carytown that could accommodate both a studio and gallery, Brazier Fine Art was created in 1995.

It was the first Richmond gallery exclusively representing contemporary impressionist and realist artists from North America. Brazier Fine Art introduced 30 well-known artists from outside the Richmond area and hosted shows from groups including Oil Painters of America and Plein Air Painters of the Southeast. Over the years, Brazier Fine Art presented talks, demonstrations, numerous workshops and shows of Russian art.

In time, Brazier Fine Art required a larger studio, moving to 1616 West Main Street and changing its name to Brazier Studio and Gallery. Plein Air Richmond was founded at the Main Street location. For seven years, the event brought juried artists from across the country to paint Richmond for a week annually, culminating in a show with proceeds benefiting non-profit partners.

In 2018, Brazier Studio and Gallery transitioned from a gallery representing over thirty artists to a studio representing just one. After 23 years as a gallerist, Loryn Brazier decided to fully focus on her own portraits and paintings. She now has the freedom to pursue any creative endeavor she pleases and occasionally hosts artists workshops in the former gallery space. On most days she can be found in front of her easel at Brazier Studio.