LSU in NOLA || Brandon Surtain

LSU in NOLA || Brandon Surtain


♪♪ LSU IN NOLA Brandon Surtain. NOLA Artist. ♪♪ In seventh grade, I decided I was going
to LSU and from there the stars kind of aligned, and I was able to join the
football team as well. First and foremost the environment. It always felt like home. Except I’ve always wanted to tailgate. I haven’t gotten a chance to tailgate yet
but I heard that’s a pretty good experience. Just the network. People always willing to
reach their arms out and kind of help me whenever I need a hand so. I’m the first in my mom’s children to go to college. Our time was so regimented within the
football program so I would paint during class and then after practice often times
I would paint and so yeah it never really felt like a chore actually. It’s meditative almost. At this point
it’s like the brush is kind of an extension of my hand. Being able to pursue sort of a honest expression in that way. New Orleans has been very influential in
my art. Hurricane Katrina happened when I was 11. We were living in Mid-City at the
time and we evacuated to Baton Rouge the day before Katrina. It took 12 hours to go 60 miles, so my family stayed in Baton Rouge after that. There was six feet of water in my house in New Orleans. A big theme in my life has been sort of the
importance of community and that’s a really big thing that I got from LSU. I
don’t want that to go understated. And even still to this day, I get invaluable
help from people within LSU

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