Text by Bethany Adams
Judging by her oceanscapes, it’s easy to imagine that Brynn Casey always knew what she was meant to do. But despite a lifelong passion for art and a deep love for the ocean, her path wasn’t just a surprising one—it was one that required a step of faith.
During her studies at the University of Georgia, Brynn’s photo-realistic drawings lacked the expression of the artistic styles she admired. “I loved abstract art,” she says, “but I just always told myself I couldn’t do that because it wasn’t perfect and I was a perfectionist.”
So, when a professor challenged her to try her hand at ink, a medium known for its unpredictability, it meant more than attempting a new technique—it meant facing a fear of failure. Armed with ink, paper, and inspiration in the form of “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsong UNITED Brynn created her first watery renderings.
Brynn later turned to acrylic paints to portray the many moods and tones of the water—an aspect of the process she enjoys. “I love constantly tackling the different moods of the ocean,” she says. “It’s so energizing and exciting, and I just love how it changes every day.”
“I love studying something that’s so immensely vast and uncontrollable and huge,” Brynn Casey says. “It really just reminds you of your humanity, and it’s humbling, and it reminds me a lot of God’s character.”