Brett Heidi is a contemporary western artist local to Olds, Alberta. Coming from a family immersed in art, she has been sketching custom portraits and painting in oil, watercolour, & acrylic from childhood. As a youth, she found herself involved in art contests, one of which was a North American contest hosted by Case Tractor, where she won a place in the top ten. She then had the privilege of having her painting be adopted and displayed by the Case Tractor head office in the United States.
Over the past 4 years she has developed a unique style using acrylic that lends to a modern, simplistic look while holding true to the principals learned from the classic artists. This technique evolved after time spent learning to paint more traditionally with oil, sketching graphite portraits and after having spent some time working with watercolours.
"My style happened from the use of watercolour, of which I appreciated the affect of pure colour spreading across a simple white textured paper. There is a sense of simplicity yet a vivid brilliance to it. These watercolour techniques have crossed over into my acrylic on larger canvas works.
I have gained inspiration and savoured experiences from various facets of life. Having the chance to live in Mexico for six years had an affect on my perspective of everything I once thought I knew. Now that I'm back in Olds, I am surrounded by inspiring vistas that take me back to moments of life as a kid on our hobby farm. One of the perks to living here is the incredible view of the Rocky Mountains that are preceded by farm fields and rolling foothills. Another inspiration that has been a part of my life is the charm of our neighbouring city, Calgary, with the unique city skyline backdropped by the Rockies and hosts the winding Bow River. Just an hour west is the mountain town Canmore, and Banff National Park where we have the privilege of being transported to a mountainous oasis in a matter of minutes. This is where I find inspiration for my forest animal pieces and mountain scenes.
I am fascinated by how the perception of colour is affected or even created by light. Life's beautiful things put onto canvas tell a story and affect our emotions"
Her work has been collected in Canada, United States , Mexico, Tanzania, South Africa, New Zealand & United Kingdom.