River Pavilion, c: 1981. Photo: Bill Hedrich, c. 1980
River Pavilion, c: 1981. Photo: Bill Hedrich, c. 1980

Brown was particularly attuned to the places he chose to live and work, and these places informed his works in both subtle and direct ways. His life can be viewed in terms of successive regional experiences that contributed to his evolving artistic identity. His interest in the nexus of objects and places developed into a combined artistic-architectural path in the home/studio/garden/collection environments he created, first in Chicago, then in New Buffalo, Michigan, later in La Conchita, California, and in ambitious plans for future settings, including his final home/studio project planned for Beulah, Alabama. Far from being a series of trophy showplaces, Brown's home and garden environments were both situations for and reflections of an ever-evolving artistic life.