The biggest influence on his artistic approach remains his mother though. Sharing a pastime with a tailor just gave him insights of creating. "My mom was and is the biggest influence I ́d ever
had. She supported me a lot. But there was something special about that. I was with her when she was cutting textiles and making rag dolls, it was that handcraft work, the use of both hands.
painting the eyes of the dolls she was making. That gave me a lot of inspiration and healthy hunger for more. I think it was decisive, not only because it was not, at any point, a confrontation
of interests of her wanting me away from it, but also because she always supported me. It was for her like making her dream come true thanks to me. Her father had never allowed her to study art
at the university," Brines claims.
By recalling, Brines does not forget how important his traineeship as an assistant at the great artist Jesus Soto ́s atelier was to finally enrol for the School of Arts in Caracas. "There was
also something that I experienced and made me strongly consider art as a way of life. I was really lucky to work as an assistant at Jesus Soto ́s atelier. I watched how an artist really worked
and achieved so many great things," Brines added.
Nevertheless, Brines does not see any similarities between what he does and Soto ́s kinetic artworks. He drew conclusions and comparisons to two ways of making art successfully. He said that he
had met an artist who lived on the streets. They became friends and Brines saw that there were also painters that were successful at doing art because they were happy, but he also witnessed how
rewarding and remunerative an artist ́s career could be as he watched what Soto had achieved career wise.