Brett Heidi is a contemporary western artist residing in Olds, Alberta, Canada.
Coming from a family immersed in art, she had early exposure to painting, sketching and the study of color and light. As a youth she participated in local and international art contests, eventually taking on custom portraits and book illustrations.
Growing up in a quaint farming community Brett developed respect for animals, appreciation for a simple life, and an awe for nature's unchanging beauty. She and her husband continue soak in the vistas that Alberta is abundant in. The incredible view of the Rocky Mountains that are preceded by farm fields and rolling foothills, the charm of their neighboring city Calgary with the unique skyline back dropped by the Rockies and hosts the winding Bow River, and just an hour west is a mountainous oasis, Banff National Park where she finds inspiration for her forest animal pieces and mountain scenes. Having had the opportunity to live in Mexico for 6 years and absorb some it's colourful culture has also added to her perspectives.
Since 2014 Brett Heidi has developed an individual that has been by identified by it's loose large brushstrokes and the use of undermixed color.
"My current technique evolved when I attempted my first large scale acrylic painting. Something I had loved about watercolor was the freedom of pure juicy color spreading across a simple white textured paper, planned but uninhibited. There is a sense of simplicity yet a vivid brilliance to it. The techniques used in oil also influences how I paint in acrylic. I am fascinated by how the perception of color is affected or even created by light, therefore driving my choice of pigment."
Brett Heidi approaches a painting with more in mind than just "to paint a subject", but to discover the story in a subject and convey it.
"From the beginning stages of planning and composition to the very last touch of paint, I have a story in my mind for each piece. This will dictate how much I might focus on such things as an animal's eyes or some other feature, amount of detail, movement, mood, or colour intensity. Although I have my own story behind each piece, I hope that each viewer may be evoked to have to have their own story or recall a treasured memory."
Brett continues to learn from experience, from other artists and life itself while being inspired by nature, music, and the "everyday".
"Life's beautiful things put onto canvas tell a story and affect our emotions"