Brandi was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1976. At the age of twelve, she was living with her grandparents and twin sister in Bradenton, Florida. Her grandma took her to weekly art lessons. It was at that age that she received her first painting commission. A neighbor paid her twenty dollars to paint five California Raisins, (which were very popular in 1988). She then painted the names of the neighbors family members above the individual raisin characters. She looks back at the painting now as what might be the worst family portrait ever painted by anyone.
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