During a prolonged student sabbatical from GA Tech, Brent extensively traveled throughout Europe, Morocco, and Istanbul. Above the electrical lines, working as a cheese maker high in the Swiss Alps, Brent's life synced with nature's rhythms. Later, he briefly worked at 3,463 meters on Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe. Studying at L'Abri in Switzerland, Brent crafted his easel and traveled to Italy and France to learn to paint. Returning to GA Tech, the Alumni Center found him a patron to paint interior scenes of Atlanta historical restaurants. In his late 20s and 30s, years of Bipolar medication masked his persona. At 44, Brent earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting raising his quality of life. He can still be found in his studio, listening to lectures, sermons, and U2. Currently, Brent paints and writes in Tennessee with his wife Jenny and their black Golden Doodle Heidi.