Photographer Brean Duncan, Artist of the Month
The Studios of Cocoa Beach, 165 Minuteman Causeway in downtown Cocoa Beach, is open again. We invite you to come in and view the work of our July Artist of the Month, Brean Duncan of Merritt Island. Brean is an award winning photographer as well as a career environmental scientist. His understanding of natural ecosystems and the impact of human development drives him to capture unaltered landscapes and wildlife with a goal of preserving and sharing their beauty.
Brean Duncan feels at home in wild and scenic landscapes. Born in Santa Barbara, CA, he grew up surfing and rock climbing, and at the age of 15 hiked the John Muir Trail. His passion for Geography and Ecology led to a Masters in Physical Geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Central Florida. He is currently Ecological Program Manager and Chief Scientist at the John F. Kennedy Space Center Ecology Program
Brean was destined to be a photographer. His grandfather Preston Duncan was a successful movie industry and military photographer, who helped establish the photography department at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His knowledge was passed onto Brean’s father and Brean had the advantage of learning from both. When Brean isn’t working as a scientist, he can usually be found photographing beautiful landscapes near and far from his home in Florida. Through his photography he hopes to impart the importance of conserving and protecting our few remaining wild landscapes and the organisms that inhabit them.
A print on metal of Brean’s flower portrait “Milkwort“ is the prize in the Studios’ free monthly giveaway. As we work to deal with the pandemic, we have limited our hours to Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 2 pm to 7 pm. This is subject to change, so check the website www.studiosofcocoabeach.org to see if we have expanded hours. Any day you can view art in our window and can even enter the monthly drawing thru a QR code on display there. The website also contains profiles of all of our artists and more views of Brean’s work.