Her mother was a stay-at-home mom and stay-at-home artist who created porcelain and wooden dolls, and her maternal grandparents were greeting card artists and painters. She was surrounded by art from an early age.
“When I was in kindergarten, my mom got a call from the school saying ‘you have to come into the school,’ ” said Brooks, who is a visual art teacher at Lakeside High School.
Thinking something was wrong, her mother went to the school, where the teacher showed her the day’s art project. While most children in the class had made snakes and other simple objects from their clay, Brooks had made a bunny and a basket filled with Easter eggs.
“My mother said, ‘Oh she does this all the time,’ ” Brooks said.
Brooks has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.
While most of her art projects these days focus on the students she teaches, she does have the opportunity to participate in events such as ArtZilla, which was held during the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival last month. She was one of several artists who painted for the crowds passing on Broad Street.
“I really like painting with an audience,” she said. “I like the adrenaline.”
Some of Brooks’ work is on display at Art on Broad.
For the past five years, she’s created a work and made prints of it to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training.
“In five seasons, I’ve raised about $10,000, most of it from my art, for Team in Training,” she said.